Hardik Pa­tel gives ul­ti­ma­tum to Congress on Pati­dar reser­va­tion, sets Novem­ber 3 dead­line

Hardik Pa­tel threat­ens to op­pose Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi dur­ing his visit to Su­rat

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Pati­dar quota ag­i­ta­tion leader Hardik Pa­tel, who has put for­ward a set of de­mands be­fore the Congress as a pre-con­di­tion for ex­tend­ing sup­port to the party in the up­com­ing Gu­jarat As­sem­bly polls, on Satur­day asked it to make its stand clear by Novem­ber 3 on how it would en­sure reser­va­tion for the com­mu­nity. “3/11/2017 tak Congress Pat i dark oS amv ed hanikaarak shank a is edengi, us mud de pa rap na stand clear­kar­de­nahito Amit Shah jaisamamla Su­rat mein­hoga (Congress should make its stand clear by Novem­ber 3 on how it will pro­vide reser­va­tion to the Pati­dar com­mu­nity un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion, oth­er­wise the Shah episode will be re­peated in Su­rat),” he tweeted.

AHMED­ABAD: Pati­dar quota ag­i­ta­tion leader Hardik Pa­tel, who has put for­ward a set of de­mands be­fore the Congress as a pre-con­di­tion for ex­tend­ing sup­port to the party in the up­com­ing Gu­jarat As­sem­bly polls, on Satur­day asked it to make its stand clear by Novem­ber 3 on how it would en­sure reser­va­tion for the com­mu­nity.

In a tweet, he also threat­ened that the Pati­dar com­mu­nity would op­pose Congress vi­cepres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi dur­ing his visit to Su­rat on Novem­ber 3, like it did to BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah dur­ing one of his pub­lic gath­er­ings in the city.

“3/11/2017 tak Congress Pati­dar ko Samved­hanik aarak­shan kaise dengi, us mudde par apna stand clear kar de nahi to Amit Shah jaisa mamla Su­rat mein hoga (Congress should make its stand clear by Novem­ber 3 on how it will pro­vide res- er­va­tion to the Pati­dar com­mu­nity un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion, oth­er­wise the Amit Shah episode will be re­peated in Su­rat),” he tweeted.

Di­nesh Bamb­haniya, a PAAS con­vener, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion and the com­mu­nity it rep­re­sented would take a call on whether to sup­port the Congress in the As­sem­bly polls only af­ter the op­po­si­tion party made its stand clear on the is­sue.

He as­serted that Hardik or any­one else from the PAAS had no plans to meet Rahul Gandhi un­til the Congress con­vinced the Pati­dar lead­ers as re­gards how would it en­sure reser­va­tion for the com­mu­nity.

Hardik (24) had re­cently met Congress’ Gu­jarat af­fairs in­charge Ashok Gehlot and pre­sented a list of de­mands to him, in­clud­ing reser­va­tion and a max­i­mum num­ber of poll tick­ets for the Pati­dar com­mu­nity mem­bers.

The Congress has so far main­tained that it will of­fer a 20-per cent reser­va­tion to the eco­nom­i­cally back­ward classes (EBC), without dis­turb­ing the 49-per cent reser­va­tion given to the sched­uled castes (SC), sched­uled tribes (ST) and other back­ward classes (OBC). The Gu­jarat As­sem­bly polls are sched­uled to be held in two phases—on De­cem­ber 9 and De­cem­ber 14.

Congress should make its stand clear by Novem­ber 3 on how it will pro­vide reser­va­tion to the Pati­dar com­mu­nity Hardik Pa­tel

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