Min­is­ters Meet Pati­dar El­ders Sans PAAS, SPG

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Gand­hi­na­gar: While the ‘Gu­jarat Bandh’ call given by the Pa­tel Ana­mat An­dolan Samiti (PAAS) fol­low­ing the clash be­tween po­lice and the Pati­dar ag­i­ta­tors on Sun­day saw a mixed re­sponse, the com­mit­tee of min­is­ters del­e­gated to han­dle the Pati­dar is­sue met the com­mu­nity el­ders from Pati­dar com­mu­nity in Gand­hi­na­gar on Mon­day.

In­ter­est­ingly, nei­ther the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of PAAS or Sar­dar Pa­tel Group (SPG) par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing. It was the Jail Bharo pro­gramme launched by SPG that had trig­gered off vi­o­lence on Sun­day.

Speak­ing to ET, SPG chief Lalji Pa­tel said that un­less the state govern­ment comes out with some con­crete an­nounce­ment, his out­fit will not par­tic­i­pate in any dis­cus­sion. “We have al­ready sub­mit­ted our de­mands to the govern­ment,” he added. Lalji was wounded in Sun­day’s clash. He minced no word in point­ing out that the Pati­dars would now in­ten­sify the ag­i­ta­tion. “We shall now file FIRs against the po­lice­men who had re­sorted to vi­o­lence yes­ter­day,” Pa­tel said.

Sim­i­larly, PAAS spokesper­son Varun Pa­tel also stated that no rep­re­sen­ta­tive from PAAS would at­tend the meet­ing. “There is no se­ri­ous­ness in th­ese ex­er­cises. On one hand the govern­ment seeks di­a­logue and on the other files crim­i­nal com­plaints on the ag­i­ta­tors,” he said. It may be men­tioned here that Varun Pa­tel along with other PAAS lead­ers have been booked un­der var­i­ous sec­tions of IPC af­ter the Sun­day’s clash.

Mean­while, govern­ment spokesper­son Nitin Pa­tel, who is also head­ing the com­mit­tee of min­is­ters told the me­dia that the com­mit­tee has se­ri­ously heard the com­mu­nity el­ders and would take their de­mands back to the chief min­is­ter.

“The lead­ers have sought that those ag­i­ta­tors who are still be­hind bars should get bail and be re­leased,” Pa­tel said. “We shall see how that can be done,” he added.

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