1. Gujarat govt trying to resolve issue of Hardik Patel quota stir: Gujarat Minister

Gujarat govt trying to resolve issue of Hardik Patel quota stir: Gujarat Minister

A day after jailed 22-year-old leader Hardik Patel threatened to start second round of quota stir, Gujarat Minister Rajni Patel today said the state government is trying to arrive at a compromise formula with the help of various leaders from the community.

By: | Ahmedabad | Published: February 1, 2016 8:01 PM
Hardik Patel

Hardik Patel yesterday had threatened to launch another round of agitation for reservation under OBC category and accused the Gujarat government of “failing” to resolve the main issue. (PTI)

A day after jailed 22-year-old leader Hardik Patel threatened to start second round of quota stir, Gujarat Minister Rajni Patel today said the state government is trying to arrive at a compromise formula with the help of various leaders from the community.

When asked about Hardik’s latest warning, Patel, Minister of State for Home, told reporters here that various (Patel) community leaders are mediating to solve the issue.

“Our government is trying to resolve this issue of agitation. With the help of some (Patel) community leaders, we are moving towards arriving at a compromise formula,” he said on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of a new police station here.

Hardik yesterday had threatened to launch another round of agitation for reservation under OBC category and accused the Gujarat government of “failing” to resolve the main issue.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Anandiben Patel yesterday, Hardik, who is lodged in Surat jail, said if the issue was not sorted out soon, the BJP will face the wrath of Patels in 2017 Assembly elections.

In the letter, Hardik also distanced himself from the community leaders, who are reportedly mediating with the government on behalf of the Patel community.

“Some selfish leaders of our community are holding talks with the government. They are doing it for their own benefit, not for the interest of the community. It seems that no one has yet conveyed you the actual demands of our community,” he had said in his letter.

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