Patel joined the Congress back in 2019, but did not contest the Lok Sabha election that year due to his conviction in a case.
In July 2018, the Mehsana court had convicted him in the rioting and arson case in Visnagar town during the Patel agitation in 2015.
Patel emerged as the leader of the agitation demanding reservation for the Patidar community in Gujarat in 2015. The people from this community were considered to be bedrock supporters of the BJP.
He said besides reservation, his other chief demand was withdrawal of police cases against Patidars during their four-year-old agitation as well as "action against police officials who unleashed atrocities on our youngsters".
The 25-year-old Patidar leader has done something that was unthinkable in Gujarat’s politics and society.
Hardik launched his indefinite fast on August 25 for reservation in government jobs and education for Patidars and loan waiver for farmers.
He has been demanding reservations for his community, debt waiver to farmers and release of his associate Alpesh Kathiria, who is in jail on sedition charges.
On Sunday, an angry Hardik sent back a government medical team in protest against the police lathicharge on his supporters who came calling during the day.
The Vijay Rupani government has announced as many as eight schemes to provide financial assistance in jobs and education to economically backward classes.
Hardik and 16 others are accused of being part of a group which vandalised BJP legislator Rushikesh Patel’s office in Visnagar during 2015 Patidar protests.
During an interactive session organised by a television channel, Patel went on to add that Rahul Gandhi's sister Priyanka Gandhi should join active politics.
Hardik Patel said a "veteran politician" like Nitin Patel, was being "sidelined" and "not being given respect" by the BJP "despite working hard for 27 years".
Both on the side of issues and organisation, my view is that the BJP is ahead, either because of its strength or the Congress’s weakness, or both.
"We are not openly extending support to Congress, but we will fight BJP. So directly or indirectly, there will be support to Congress."
His remarks days after the Congress initially allotted two seats to PAAS members -- Amit Thummar and Lalit Vasoya -- as against 20 seats demanded by the outfit.
"The 'Modi wave' continues in the country and the saffron party will form government again in that state,"
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