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Patel reservation agreed to, will support Congress, says Hardik

Patel reservation agreed to, will support Congress, says Hardik

On his part, senior Congress politician Kabil Sibal simply refused to give details or contours of the quota arrangement/agreement that he had worked out with Hardik.

Solanki is alleged to have played spoil-sport to the pact between the two outfits.

Nitin even accused the Congress Party of bargaining with Hardik Patel and trying to divide the Patidar community.

"We are not openly extending support to Congress, but we will fight the BJP". Declaring his "direct and indirect" support to Congress, the PAAS convener said the party has assured "quota under Article 31 (C) of the Constitution which guarantees that it will be kept outside the purview of the judiciary".

Patidar leader Hardik Patel said on Wednesday that Congress has created an acceptable formula over quota for the community if the party is voted to power in the Gujarat assembly elections to be held next month.

Later in the night, he informed that the rally has been cancelled. Patel, while addressing the media in Ahmedabad, said the party will introduce a bill in the Gujarat Assembly for reservation, if they win the forthcoming elections. "BJP using its tactics as it fears defeat". Hardik stressed that not just the Patidars but other communities will also gain benefits of reservation to be given on the basis of a survey that will be conducted as per guidelines mentioned in the Mandal Commission. "We are all fighting for one cause: reservation for the community", he asserted.

Jignesh Mewani, a lawyer-activist who shot into prominence after organising a string of protests against the Una incident where Dalits skinning a dead cow were flogged on the suspicion of slaughtering it, has also indicated his support to the Congress.

The BJP dismissed the alliance with a visibly angry deputy chief minister Nitin Patel saying, "Fools (PAAS) asked (for reservation), and fools (Congress) made promises".

Meanwhile, clearing the air about ticket distribution, Hardik, "I never asked for any ticket from the Congress party to contest the assembly polls and there is "no conflict within the PAAS". My issue was and is reservation, reservation, reservation".


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