Hardik Patel starts reaching out to his community after a six-month exile
Patel also talked about the negotiations going on with the government and added that PAAS has submitted all the documents required to substantiate their claim to the officials, but yet to get a reply
Patidar Community leader and the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) Hardik Patel who returned to Gujarat after a 6-month exile, has been reaching out to his community as Patels are keeping BJP on its toes in the state.
Patel told Economic Times: “I can't even rent a flat in Ahmedabad as I am told by flat owners that though they don't have a problem with me, they can’t risk renting out their flats to me as that would displease the government,” and added that the state government's unease was so visible.
“There is some kind of a reign of fear in the state and people have understood this,” added the Patidar leader mentioning about an attempt to repeat the civic poll experience for the incumbent government.
BJP had experienced its worst defeat ever in the civic polls in 2015, in the wake of the Patidar agitation demanding reservation where many leaders of the party faced the wrath of the community. Patel also talked about the negotiations going on with the government and added that PAAS has submitted all the documents required to substantiate their claim to the officials, but yet to get a reply.
Hardik abstained from giving a direct answer when Economic Times asked about OBC Reservation leader Alpesh Thakore and said: “I always stand with people who mean what they say, but it is difficult to stand by one who is double-faced.”
Alpesh Thakore had announced that he would organise a protest demanding higher employment for youths during Vibrant Gujarat Summit and got support from both Hardik and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani. But he eventually called off the protests after getting assurances from the government leading to great annoyances among Thakore community.