Representatives of the Patidar community met the Gujarat government yesterday to find a solution to the reservation issue. It has been learnt that the meeting has failed to break the deadlock, according to Indian Express report. The leader of the Patidar quota agitation Hardik Patel said they will continue their agitation as the government did not address the ‘key issue’. The Gujarat government, however, has announced that it would set up two commissions. One commission will look into the welfare of communities which do not get reservation. The second one will be a judicial commission headed by a retired high court judge to probe into allegations of police atrocities on agitating Patidars two years ago.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, cabinet minister Chiman Shapariya and state minister Nanubhai Vanani were present in the meeting. Six major community outfits, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Sardar Patel Group (SPG) represented the community. After the meeting, Nitin Patel said, “three decisions arrived at were acceptable to all”. “The state government will form a commission for the benefit of all communities which do not get the reservation in education, agriculture and other welfare activities. It will be cleared in the Cabinet meeting tomorrow… As far as complaints of police atrocities (on agitating Patidars) is concerned, we will form a judicial inquiry commission…. The commission will be appointed immediately after we get a name from Gujarat High Court,” Patel was quoted as saying by IE.
But Hardik Patel termed the meeting as “positive but not result-oriented.” “The discussion was positive but not result-oriented. All demands were discussed point by point. We welcome the decisions taken, but the fight for our main demand, which is reservations, will continue,” he said after the meeting. “We welcome the decision to provide jobs and financial assistance to affected Patidar members, and to form a commission and withdraw cases against community members,” he said, adding that he is not happy with the government giving the responsibility to offer compensation to the members of the community to Patidar religious institutions, according to PTI report.