Hardik Patel accepts Congress formula, offers full support

Nov 23, 2017, 00:29
Hardik Patel accepts Congress formula, offers full support

His comments came amidst speculations that all was not well with him and the Congress party after the latter announced its first list of 77 candidates.

Solanki is alleged to have played spoil-sport to the pact between the two outfits. However, he did not say about PAAS alliance with the Congress. Asserting that the Government would be holding a full-fledged winter session of the Parliament later, Jaitley said, "We do not know about our opponents, we have a lot of stake in the election in Gujarat. The Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31, and provisions of section 46", he said. Hardik Patel during the press conference today said Patidars have accepted the formula given by the Congress party.

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Later in the night, he informed that the rally has been cancelled. Patel, while addressing the media here, said the party would introduce a bill in the Gujarat Assembly for the reservation, if they won the forthcoming elections. Meanwhile, PASS also seems heading for a vertical split with a group charging Banmbhaniya of hobnobbing with the BJP and the NCP.

Recently, the Supreme Court rejected the Rajasthan government's plea to provide reservation to Gujjars which would have otherwise raised the reservation ceiling beyond 50%. "A proper plan, including the percentage of quota, will be chalked out after conducting a survey within a month of Congress coming to power". There is no disagreement between the Congress and Patidar leaders.

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The PAAS leader accused the BJP of "horse trading" in north Gujarat, saying: "BJP is using tactics as it fears defeat".

Jignesh Mewani, a lawyer-activist who shot into prominence after organising a string of protests against the Una incident where Dalits skinning a dead cow were flogged on the suspicion of slaughtering it, has also indicated his support to the Congress. "We had not demanded any seats, but we had asked the Congress to put up candidates of our community who have a strong character", he said. Patel, however, denied they had asked for tickets. I am not fighting for a ticket.

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