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Gujarat polls 2017: Patidar agitation issues deadline to Congress

19 November 2017

The announcement is seen as a setback to the Congress, which had won 33 of 116 seats in the Surat Municipal Corporation polls in 2015, following the Patidar quota agitation.

Hardik Patel, had declared some days back that PAAS will hold a big rally in Mansa in Gandhinagar district on November 18, and clarify its stand on the controversial CD that was in circulation for some time.

Touted as a prestige rally for the young Patel quota stir leader who is facing severe heat after video clips of his purported sexual escapades went public, it was an impressive gathering, held despite local administration refusing to give legal permission.

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Through this rally he and the PAAS group also want to convey the message that the entire Patidar community is still with them in their demand for reservation for the Patidars.

A splinter Patidar group - Patidar Sankalan Samiti (PSS) - has chose to support Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel's candidature from Mehsana, the epicenter of Patidar agitation and plans to organise rallies and public meetings to support BJP in the constituency.

The PAAS, which has been agitating against the government for more than two years over the issue of reservation for the Patidar community, has pledged to oppose the ruling BJP in the coming state assembly elections in December. "The authorities told us that if the meeting is allowed at the location decided by the PAAS, it could create enmity among communities and so the venue should be changed".

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Dinesh Bambhania who arrived in Delhi on Friday along with few other Patidar members, said that they have been invited by the Congress to discuss reservation for the Patidars. According to him, all arrangements were made at the present location and so it was hard to change the location in the last moment, as he firmly said, "Come what may, we will not change the rally location in Mansa". During the election period, when we discourage even political parties from holding functions on main roads, we can not allow such a social function.

Earlier, they had sought the administration's permission to hold the rally in Mansa, but the same was denied by the Gandhinagar Superintendent of Police. "If they do so, we can consider their demand for permission". Find us on Facebook too!

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Gujarat polls 2017: Patidar agitation issues deadline to Congress