The Congress, BJP, and AAP have welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict upholding the constitutionality of the EWS reservation.
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.
Patel joined the Congress back in 2019, but did not contest the Lok Sabha election that year due to his conviction in a case.
Nationalism reigns over much of Modi’s home state, giving BJP a post-Pulwama glow. But there are sullen sections of society that stand aloof.
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".
Three young activists—Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani—had grabbed a fair bit of spotlight before, during and after the Gujarat assembly polls over a year ago.
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.”
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.
Video clips are mere breach of privacy. If there is any taboo that must shake the nation’s consciousness awake, it’s the violence on the marginalised.
"The 'Modi wave' continues in the country and the saffron party will form government again in that state,"
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