It is not about reser­va­tion, it’s about de­feat­ing BJP: Hardik

DNA (Delhi) - - GAME OF THRONES - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

Hard­en­ing his stand against the rul­ing BJP, Pati­dar Ana­mat An­dolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Pa­tel on Fri­day clar­i­fied that it was all about de­feat­ing the BJP and not just reser­va­tion for him.

“Muddo BJP ne har­a­vano che, Ana­mat no nathi (the point is to de­feat the BJP and not reser­va­tion),” said Pa­tel. He was in Thakkar­bap­pana­gar area of the city where a mas­sive crowd mostly of Pa­tels gath­ered to wel­come their hero as part of a Sam­vad (dis­cus­sion) pro­gramme.

Hardik also clar­i­fied that there was noth­ing in the Con­sti­tu­tion that pre­vented peo­ple from get­ting a reser­va­tion. “I have stud­ied it for 7 days have not found any­thing that says over 50 per cent reser­va­tion can’t be given,” claimed Hardik.

Talks of a split in the com­mu­nity over Hardik’s sup­port for the Congress seemed to be for­got­ten as the crowd shouted “Hardik, Hardik”.

He clar­i­fied that he was not go­ing to join any party. “Ev­ery party needs to have an in­ten­tion, first and fore­most,” said Hardik. When asked if he felt that the Congress had the in­ten­tion (to give reser­va­tion), he said, “If they did not have the in­ten­tion, they would not have dis­cussed at length the pos­si­bil­i­ties that can be ex­plored.”

“They met me at 12 in the night, we dis­cussed the mat­ter for three hours. If they did not have the in­ten­tion, they would not have talked at length, “said Hardik.

He said an an­nounce­ment will be made in two days when one more meet­ing was sched­uled. “What­ever will be agreed upon will be on the ba­sis of con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity,” he claimed.

The al­leged op­po­si­tion he faced in Nikol ear­lier he said was or­gan­ised by the BJP. As sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions op­pose Hardik’s call to sup­port Congress, he clar­i­fied that the only two or­gan­i­sa­tion that mat­tered to the Pati­dar com­mu­nity was the Kho­dal Dham and Umiya Dham, the reli­gious and so­cial body of the two sets of Pati­dars.

He said the farm­ers were suf­fer­ing un­der the BJP and they need to be united. He said in the next five days he will go around meet­ing peo­ple and un­der­stand­ing their prob­lem. He also clar­i­fied that the OBCs were not against the Pati­dars.

—HANIF SINDHI/DNA

Hardik ad­dresses the gath­er­ing on Fri­day

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