Gujarat elections: How politics prevailed over Hardik Patel's reservation demand

Gujarat elections: How politics prevailed over Hardik Patel's reservation demand

Gujarat elections: How politics prevailed over Hardik Patel's reservation demand

As per the reports, the Central Industrial Security Force or CISF has been entrusted with the task of safeguarding the Patidar leader. Hardik said if the Congress comes to power, it will conduct a proper survey for providing reservation. "An impression is being created that PAAS is fighting for tickets from Congress". When pointed out that the Supreme Court had "restrained" the Rajasthan government from taking action on conferring the benefit of reservation resulting in crossing the total reservation beyond 50 per cent, Hardik said, "This (50 per cent cap) is just a suggestion of the Supreme Court".

"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. So far, six of Hardik's close associates have switched sides. BJP has always maintained that Hardik was only searching for an opportunity to support the Congress.

"Seventy per cent of the PAAS conveners today now want power and money". The PAAS leader also claimed that the BJP was trying to "buy them off".

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.

The Gujarat BJP, meanwhile, has completely ruled out the judicial tenability of Congress' quota formula. Hardik was not kept in the loop and was immediately informed of Bhambhania's act by Congress leaders. But his associates got agitated over the first list of candidates released by the Congress.

The PAAS members had alleged that the two leaders of the movement had been included in the list without their consent. Both of these leaders were negotiating directly with the Congress.

Hardik Patel said the Congress had said that if it won the Gujarat elections, it would pass a proposal for reservations under Articles 31-C and 46 of the Constitution. Thakor has joined Congress recently. The Congress reportedly changed its candidates from the Patidar dominated seats of Varachha Road, Kamrej, Junagadh, and Botad at PAAS's insistence. The counting will take place on 18 December.

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