Political activities are heating up in Gujarat where assembly elections will be held at the end of this year. While BJP is looking to retain its citadel, Congress hopes for a stunning comeback to power – political equations are therefore being reworked. Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel has hinted that his community may back Congress to dent BJP’s chances, according to Indian Express report. Patel has hinted at aligning with Congress to ‘save democracy’. “You may say we do not have an option…but let us do something which makes the Congress have confidence in us…. Today, the entire country has eyes on us to save democracy,” Patel was quoted as saying by IE. He said this while addressing a gathering in Patan.
Patel for the first time has openly talked about supporting a party in the assembly elections and made some eye-ball grabbing statements. Notably, the event was organised to mark the second anniversary of the death of 14 Patidars during the quota agitation. “We lost 14 of our young members…we spent nine months in jail…atrocities were committed on our mothers and sisters,” he said. “Just ask yourselves what you have got in the last two years…the government has given us nothing.” Invoking the 2002 Gujarat riots, Hardik said, “We are proud Hindus. But today 144 Patidars are in jail in cases like Sardarpura, Dipda Darwaja, Ode, etc. Why only Patidars? Why does Maya Kodnani get bail, but not Babu Bajrangi? Is it because he is a Patidar?”, according to Indian Express report.
Meanwhile, on August 9, BJP chief Amit Shah had asked the party workers to work towards achieving the target of winning 150 of the total 182 seats in Gujarat in the upcoming Assembly polls. He had said, “Mission 150” would ensure that the BJP wins three Rajya Sabha seats in the state next time.