We accept Congress formula on reservations: Hardik

Frederick Owens
November 23, 2017

On Tuesday, the Patidar activist said he and his party had never demanded any seats from the Congress for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Election.

The benefit to Patidars would be extended under Article 46 of the Constitution and protect by Article 31C, Hardik Paitdar said.

Hardik said that as per the Congress' formula, the communities mentioned in Article 46, who have not received any benefits under Article 15 (4) and Article 16 (4), would be provided all the benefits now provided to the OBC community.

Clarifying that he wasn't joining the Congress, Patel said the PAAS would ensure the defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has "victimised" the Patidar community in the state.

Patel, while addressing the media at Ahmedabad in Gujarat, said the party will introduce a bill in the Gujarat Assembly for the reservation, if they win the forthcoming elections.

He said there is no merit in the offer made by the Congress and accepted by Hardik Patel.

The Patidar leader also added that the said formula is not only applicable to the Patidar community, implying it could be extended to others demanding the same.

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Hardik Patel claimed that reservation above 50 percent can be given in Gujarat since at least 9 states have already given reservation to deserving categories above 50 percent.

Hardik Patel, Patidar leader also asserted that Patidar community wants is the right to study and employment.

Following the release of Congress' list of candidates, which includes only three PAAS candidates, infuriated leaders of the community staged protest.

On the other hand, chairperson of the Unjha Umiyadham Trust, Vikram Patel, said Hardik was lying and no one from his organisation had been informed or spoken to on the issue.

Calling Hardik "immature", an agitated deputy chief minister said, "We are not doing anything because we are in government".

The first list had triggered violent clashes between Congress and PAAS workers on Monday, with the latter taking a strong objection to the 77 names.

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