Congress promise of reservation to Patidars a 'political gimmick', says former ASG

25 November, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel has been provided Y-category security cover following directions of intelligence agencies.

Hardik said, "Article 46 will be used by Congress to bring in a bill for non-reserved classes".

"As per the formula, without touching the 49 per cent quota (now provided in the state) to the Schedule Tribes (ST), Schedule Castes (SC) and Other Backward Class (OBC), the Congress has made a decision to provide quota to the communities, who have not got the benefit of reservation so far under Article 31 (C) and Article 46 of the Constitution", he told reporters here.

"From the statements that I have seen so far, the Congress-Hardik club is one of mutual deception". Now, this election will turn out to be a massive fight between Congress and BJP. Before that our MLAs were offered money to switch sides during Rajya Sabha polls. "Now we will not tolerate any such activities", he added. Hardik also accused the BJP of trying to buy PAAS members by offering R50 lakh.

Dinesh Bhambhania, his closest associate, though was present at Wednesday's press conference, was acting on his own while dealing with the Congress a couple of days ago.

But Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley mocked the agreement calling it an exercise at "deception of each other".


"The Congress has promised that a survey would be carried out within Patel or any other forward community as per the provisions of the OBC Commission and on this basis parameters of economic, social, educational or employment would be used to extend reservation benefits to Patels and other forward communities", Patel said.

Late on Monday night, the Gujarat Congress, in an attempt to placate the furious Patidar leaders, released a second list of 13 candidates.

Two PAAS members - Lalit Vasoya and Amit Thummar - got tickets from the Congress.

Meanwhile, clearing the air about ticket distribution, Hardik, "I never asked for any ticket from the Congress party to contest the assembly polls and there is "no conflict within the PAAS". Thakor has joined Congress recently. Haridk is innocent and young and he should become a tool for Congress to play divisive politics, Nitin said.

Three out of these four are PAAS nominees, who Hardik and his supporters have backed vociferously. The counting will take place on 18 December.

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