Congress summons Gujarat party Chief to Delhi

by Antonio Miles November 23, 2017, 0:29
Congress summons Gujarat party Chief to Delhi

Interestingly, Bambhaniya who had a meeting with state Congress leaders on Sunday evening, before the tickets were announced, had first informed the media that the two outfits had reached a consensus and that the Congress had accepted all the demands of PASS and Hardik would formally announce about it in the Rajkot rally on Monday.

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.

While Hardik Patel refrained from lending open support for Congress in the upcoming Gujarat assembly election, he vowed to fight against BJP.

This comes as a major boost for the Congress that is hoping to secure a share of the Patel vote that constitutes 12% of the state population and can influence results in the 60 of the 182 seats in the state.

Congress said it would do so with the help of Article 46 and Article 31 (C) of the Indian Constitution, he said.

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

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Under the proposal, the influential Patels, traditional voters of the BJP, would get reservation in government jobs and educational institutions beyond the 49 per cent quotas for the SC, ST and OBCs.

Reacting to the development, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the "Congress-Hardik club" is one of mutual deception. Congress leader Kapil Sibal thanked Hardik for his support but refused to give details of the reservation formula. "Legally and constitutionally it is not possible as the law stands today", he said.

Hardik appeared to have budged on whether reservation would be provided under the OBC or EBC section - a sore point in his negotiations with the BJP earlier this year.

Garnering Patidar support might also be hard.

Several horse trading attempts being made with our conveners in North Gujarat, Rs 50 lakh being offered. The BJP government has met all other demands. We are not openly extending support to Congress, but we will fight BJP.


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