On 9th Day Of Indefinite Hunger Strike For Reservation, Hardik Patel Unveils His 'Will'

| September 3 , 2018 , 11:41 IST

On the 9th day of an indefinite hunger strike demanding reservations for the Patidar community in Gujarat, 25-year-old Patidar leader Hardik Patel unveiled his 'will'. Patel has divided his property amongst his parents, sister, families of 14 youths killed during the quota agitation in 2015 and a 'Panjrapole' (shelter for ill and old cows), a Patidar leader said.

"Hardik Patel has expressed his wish to donate his eyes in case of his death," Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) spokesperson Manoj Panara said to media from Hardik's residence near Ahmedabad where he has been sitting on fast since August 25 after being refused of any other venue.

"As per the will, Hardik has Rs. 50,000 in his bank account, of which Rs. 20,000 will go to his parents and the rest to a Panjrapole near his native village in Gujarat," Panara said.

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"Royalty from the book on his life 'Who Took My Job', which is currently under publication, as well as insurance money and the money collected after selling a car owned by him will be divided among his parents, his sister and the family members of the 14 Patidars who sacrificed their life during the agitation three years ago," Panara claimed.

"Hardik Patel's health is deteriorating. He has not eaten food in the last nine days. He didn't drink water in the last 36 hours," Panara claimed, adding that the 'will' has been prepared while "considering the doctor's advice regarding his deteriorating health".

A doctor from a government hospital visiting Hardik Patel on Sunday said that he has advised the quota leader to get admitted to the hospital considering his health.

"We have advised him to be admitted to the hospital. His urine and blood pressure is normal, but Hardik has refused blood and urine tests," the doctor said.

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Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani of the Congress alleged that the ruling BJP government is trying to suppress and crush the voice of the people.

"The BJP government is trying to suppress and crush the voice of people with baton. The protesters are trying to bring up the issues of the farmers and weaker sections, but the government is instead trying to crush the protest," Dhanani said.

"If the government was sensitive, it would have amended the Constitution to increase the reservation from 49.5 per cent to 70-80 per cent. It is there in some states. In Tamil Nadu, quota percentage is around 70 per cent, then why not here?" he asked.