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Congress leader Hardik Patel flies a kite during the kite flying festival 'Uttarayan', in Ahmedabad.

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Congress leader Hardik Patel meets with senior party leader Shatrughan Sinha, in Patna.

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Congress leader Hardik Patel campaigns for the party candidate Subodh Kant Sahay, ahead of Lok Sabha polls, at Kanke block in Ranchi district.

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Congress leader Hardik Patel during an election campaign meeting for the Lok Sabha polls, at a village in Amethi district.

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In this combo picture of three images taken from a video footage, Congress leader Hardik Patel is slapped by a man, later identified as Tarun Gajjar, while he was addressing 'Jan Akrosh' (public anger) rally in Surendranagar, Gujarat

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PASS convener Hardik Patel addresses an rally for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, at Asarana village of Bhavnagar district, Monday, Gujarat.

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Patidar leader Hardik Patel is greeted by Congress workers and leaders as he arrives at the party office, in Ahmedabad.

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Patidar leader Hardik Patel with Congress President Rahul Gandhi as he joins Congress, during a public meeting, in Gandhinagar.

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra greets Patidar leader Hardik Patel after he joined Congress at a public meeting, in Gandhinagar. Also seen are Congress President Rahul Gandhi and senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi greets Patidar leader Hardik Patel as he joins the party during a public meeting, in Gandhinagar.

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Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel during a media interaction, in Ahmedabad.

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Patidar leader Hardik Patel with former BJP MP Savitri Bhai Phule, who recently resigned from the party, at a programme in Lucknow.

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There are times when Pheras take precedence over Pradarshans. And when your tribe prefixes the Pati, you need to be one. Well, congra­tulations to childhood bumchum Kinjal Parikh for making an honest man out of Hardik Patel, the young and fiery Patidar cause celebre. Would we overstep the brief if we conjecture a happy house arrest now? Nah, in good jest!

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Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel during a function where he ties knot with Kinjal Parikh, at Digsar village of Muli taluka in Surendranagar district of Gujarat.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh during Kalki Festival in Sambhal.

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Uttarakhand's former chief minister Harish Rawat meets Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel during Patel's ongoing indefinite hunger strike for reservation since August 25, in Ahmedabad.

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Hardik Patel during his hunger strike, on August 30 in Ahmedabad.

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Khodaldham trustee Naresh Patel meets Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel during latter's indefinite hunger strike for reservation since Aug 25, in Ahmedabad

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Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel, who is on indefinite fast at his residence, rests in Ahmadabad. Hardik is demanding loan waivers for farmers and quotas for Patidars in government jobs and education under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category. The banner reads "Indefinite fast," at the top and "Give reservation to Patidar community and do waiver loan of farmers," at the bottom.

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Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha interact with Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel during his indefinite hunger strike for reservation which started on August 25, in Ahmedabad.

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A doctor checks the health of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel on the 7th day of his indefinite hunger strike for reservation, in Ahmedabad.

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NCP leader Praful Patel meets Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel during his indefinite hunger strike for reservation, in Ahmedabad.

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Patidar leader Hardik Patel prepares for his indefinite hunger strike for reservation, at his residence in Ahmedabad.

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Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav (L) hugs Patidar leader Hardik Patel as both arrive to meet Congress senior leader Aziz Qureshi, in Bhopal.

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PASS convener activist Hardik Patel visits Lord Jagannath temple, a day before the annual chariot procession (Rath Yatra), in Ahmedabad.

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PAAS convener Hardik Patel participates in 'Shahid Yatra' with his supporters in Surat.

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PAAS convener Hardik Patel addresses people during protest against Rape of 8yr old girl in Kathua of Jammu-Kashmir, 11 yr old girl in Unnao of Uttar Pradesh and also in Surat and demanding to hang rapists, in Ahmedabad.

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Patidar community leader and National President of Patel Nav Nirman Sena Hardik Patel along with community members during a rally to pay tributes to Chhtrapati Shivaji on his 388th birth anniversary in Bhopal.

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Patidar community leader Hardik Patel meets West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna (State Secretariat) in Kolkata.

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Patidar community leader Hardik Patel waves at supporters during a road show for the second phase of state assembly elections, in Ahmedabad.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti convenor Hardik Patel meeting with his supporters during "Jankranti Maharally" in Surat.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel with Dinesh Bhambaniya (L) addresses a press conference in Ahmedabad.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel with Dinesh Bhambaniya during a press conference in Ahmedabad.

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PAAS (Patidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti) Convener Hardik Patel interact with Patidar community people during interaction programme in Ahmedabad.

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PAAS convener Hardik Patel as he arrives at a court, in Surat.

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PAAS convener Hardik Patel meets his supporters at Bhavnagar district of Gujarat.

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Convenor of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, Hardik Patel, holds a sit-in outside Umiyadham campus with his associates, after they were denied entry into the campus, in Ahmedabad.

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Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel and president of Sardar Patel Group (SPG) Lalji Patel (R) at an 'Ekta Havan' in Surat.

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Patidar community leader Hardik patil addresses media after being arrested by the police at Nayagoan near Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border on his way to Mandsaur.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel talking to press at DCB police office, in Surat.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel with 51 other members getting his head tonsured in protest against Gujarat Government, in Bhavnagar.

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PAAS convener Hardik Patel with supporters at the court in Surat.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PASS) convener Hardik Patel address a press conference at his house, in Ahmedabad.

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PAAS convenor Hardik Patel at detection of crime branch (DCB) office in Surat.

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PAAS (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti) convener Hardik Patel at Dharuka Collage, in Surat.

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PAAS (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti) convener Hardik Patel arrives at detection of crime branch (DCB) police station, in Surat.

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Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel with Uddhav Thackeray, in Mumbai.

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Hardik Patel, President, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) being hugged at a rally in Himmatnagar, Gujarat.

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Hardik Patel, President, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) shout slogans during a rally in Himmatnagar, Gijarat.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greets Patidar community leader Hardik Patel at his official residence, in Patna.

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People of Viramgam welcome PAAS Convener Hardik Patel on arrival at his home town Viramgam near Ahmedabad.

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PAAS Convener Hardik Patel is released from prison, in Surat.

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Members of Patidar Community take part in funeral procession of Bhavin Khunt in Surat. Khunt committed suicide by a consuming poison during "Jail Bharo Andolan" for the release to PAAS Convener Hardik Patel.

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Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Hardik Patel being taken to a court in Surat.

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Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samitee (PAAS) Hardik Patel being produced at a Metro Court in Ahemdabad, Gujarat.

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Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Hardik Patel being taken to a court in Surat, Gujarat

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Officers of Crime Branch (Ahmedabad) escort PAAS Convener Hardik Patel in Surat, Gujarat.

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Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, Hardik Patel is taken to the court in Surat , Gujarat.

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Traffic jam at a highway after the arrest of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Conveyor Hardik Patel on his way to protest during the India-South Africa Cricket match in Rajkot.

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Patidar Community leader Hardik Patel being welcomed during 'Mahapanchayat' in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.

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Hardik Patel, Indian convenor of 'Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti', addresses Press Conference in New Delhi.

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Hardik Patel, Indian convenor of 'Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti', addresses press conference in New Delhi.

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Hardik Patel, Indian convenor of 'Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti', addresses press conference, in New Delhi.

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Patidar Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel leaves to appear before Gujarat High Court in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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People from Patidar or Patel community run for cover after police use baton charge to disperse the crowd protesting against arrest of their leader Hardik Patel, demanding reservation in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

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People from Patidar or Patel community stop a police jeep during their protest against arrest of their leader Hardik Patel, demanding reservation in Ahmedabad.

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Police detain Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel while he was trying to take out Ekta Yatra from Varachha Road, in Surat.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel after he was detained while trying to take out his Ekta Yatra from Varachha Road in Surat.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel talking to the media after he was detained while trying to take out his Ekta Yatra from Varachha Road in Surat.

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Prabhaben Patel, mother of Shwetang Patel, weeps as Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Hardik Patel consoles her during prayer meeting of her son in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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Hardik Patel, convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) brandishes a sword presented to him at a function organised by Gujjars to honour him in New Delhi.

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Hardik Patel, 22-year-old firebrand leader of Patidar Andolan Samiti addresses a press conference in New Delhi. Patel is leading an agitation for members of the Patel community demanding government benefits for them under the Other Backward Class (OBC) quota.

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Young and restless Hardik Patel calls for a response at a rally demanding reservation for Patels

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Hardik Patel, Convenor of Patidar Andolan Samiti speaks in front of the statue of freedom fighter and first Home Minister of Independent India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel during a mega rally in Ahmadabad. Members of Patel community held a rally demanding reservations under the Other Backward Class (OBC) quota.

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