Hardik Patel's deteriorating health prompted the politicians on his side to ask him to give up his fast and preserve his health “for the larger cause of farmers and for the bigger fight that lay ahead.”
Hardik, now 25, is himself eligible to contest Lok Sabha elections. But unless he can have the verdict -- two years in jail -- overturned by a higher court, he will not be able to fight elections, as it is being strongly speculated.
The 37th Jnanpith awardee seems unaffected by the recent hype around him, just as he says he has elevated himself above temporary phases such as the recent violence in Gujarat. Even Mahatma Gandhi, he says, couldn't unite the Hindus and Muslims. He j
He started with Shankersinh Vaghela in 1997, then the chief of the Rashtriya Janata Party he had formed after staging a revolt in the BJP, continued with Keshubhai Patel and now it is the turn of Narendra Modi.