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Congress, Hardik Patel to Join Hands in Gujarat Assembly Elections
Hardik Patel has been spearheading the Patidar agitation since July 2015 for reservation to the Patels (or Patidars) in government jobs and educational institutions. (File photo)
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Congress announced in Ahmedabad on Friday it will support the Patidar agitation of firebrand leader Hardik Patel even as the latter is learnt to have decided to campaign for the opposition party in the 2017-end assembly elections.
Hardik Patel, 23, has been spearheading an agitation since July 2015 for reservation to the Patels (or Patidars) in government jobs and educational institutions.
According to Solanki: "We are positive about all their demands. I am going to Delhi tomorrow (Saturday) for a meeting with Ashok Gehlot to take a formal decision on this."
AICC General Secretary Gehlot is party's Gujarat affairs incharge.
PAAS members, who represented Hardik Patel at the meeting, are Dinesh Bhambhania, Varun Patel and Manoj Patel.
Besides quota, their four demands include legal action against police officials who allegedly committed atrocities on Patels after a rally in Ahmedabad in August 2015.
They also want to compensation to the next of kin of 14 youths who died in the agitation as well as setting up of an autonomous commission for the Patidars.
"We want the Congress to fulfil these demands if the party comes to power," Bhambhania told reporters.
He said: "We are clear from the beginning that we are not with any political party. But, we will campaign against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party since it has not conceded our demands. If the Congress promises to take up our cause, we are with them."
In an open letter to Hardik Patel, she urged him to constitute "an extended committee with adequate women representation and more prominent people in it".
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