Hardik announces support for Congress after quota promise, BJP dismisses alliance

Nov 23, 2017, 00:25
Hardik announces support for Congress after quota promise, BJP dismisses alliance

With Hardik extending his support to the Congress, the party has been able to rope in three young caste group leaders in the state whose emergence on Gujarats political firmament had roots in agitations.

Solanki is alleged to have played spoil-sport to the pact between the two outfits. So what new is the Congress offering that Hardik wants to support it?"asked his former aide Reshma Patel who joined the BJP last month. Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31, and provisions of section 46", he said.

According to reports, Hardik Patel stated to media that Congress has assured him of going ahead with the reservation sought by the Patidar community if they win the elections.

Later in the night, he informed that the rally has been cancelled. "So directly or indirectly, there will be support for the Congress", Hardik said at a press conference in Ahmedabad. The law of the land is very clear and that is laid down by the Supreme Court and only last week in the Rajansthan case it has been reaffirmed that the 50 per cent cap can not be breached. He further added that he had never asked any Patidars to vote for Congress.

The politically influential community has traditionally been a BJP vote bank and Congress has been trying to lure them as the Patidars are disenchanted with the current government.

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The "Vikas gando thayo chhe" campaign became a huge hit on social media and provided potent ammunition for PAAS and Congress to question the BJP's claims on development in Gujarat.

Patel said Congress and Hardik Patel described others as imprudent but people know the veracity.

The PAAS has been agitating against the government for more than two years over the issue of reservation for the Patidar community and has pledged to oppose the ruling BJP in the coming state assembly elections in December. "During elections you must make only those promises that you can deliver", he said. We had just asked them to give tickets to good candidates.

"We are very happy that a sanjha morcha (united front) will now fight against the BJP".

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