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Hardik Patel Announces Revival Of Patidar Quota Agitation In Gujarat

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| May 27 , 2018 , 09:30 IST

Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who rose to prominence during the recent Gujarat state assembly elections, on Saturday announced his plans to revive the agitation seeking reservations for the Patidar community in government jobs and college admissions.

Patel conducted a Patidar Nyay Panchayat (Patidar Justice Panchayat) at Surendranagar’s Moti Malvan village on Saturday, to “re-energise” the reservation agitation, on the same day that the NDA government marked 4 years at the Centre.

“We have organised this event and invited all Patidar legislators to press for our demands. MLAs from Sardar Patel’s Congress party have come but those from Amit Shah’s party did not,’’ Patel said.

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Although 12 Congress MLAs attended the event, 24 Patidar Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs that were invited for the event did not attend.

“Are we asking for gold biscuits? We are just asking for admissions and jobs. And, we are fighting against those who are responsible of killing thousands of people,’’ Patel said.

Patel also directly addressed the Congress MLAs attending the event to support the Patidar cause, since the Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti had supported the Congress in the December 2017 state elections.

“We have expectations from you. You have to become our voice in the assembly. Today you are 14 (total Patidar MLAs in the Congress). Tomorrow you will be 32. But if you will not support the community, then community will no longer support you," said Patel.

In the Gujarat elections, the BJP had suffered maximum losses in the Patidar-dominated Saurashtra region.