Trouble for Hardik Patel: Court issues warrant against him, Lalji Patel over vandalism

Gujarat election 2017: A local court has issued warrant against Patidar leaders Hardik Patel and Lalji Patel over vanadlism at the office of a BJP MLA.

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The warrant was issued by Visnagar Session Court.

Gujarat election 2017: A local court has issued warrant against Patidar leaders Hardik Patel and Lalji Patel over vanadlism at the office of a BJP MLA. The warrant was issued by Visnagar Session Court. Hardik and Lalji are accused of doing vandalism at the office of BJP MLA Rishikesh Patel, ANI reports. Incidentally, the warrant comes on a day when the Election Commission announced the schedule for Gujarat Assembly election 2017. So far, Patel has denied reports of him joining the Congress.

Patel, earlier led an agitation for the inclusion of the Patidar caste in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category, on the other hand, showed his dis-interest in contesting the elections. He said, “Constitutionally speaking, I can’t contest the election and I don’t need to, in the first place.” Patel further said the upcoming state poll is not just about BJP and Congress, but about the entire popularion of Gujarat. However, Patel has been speculated to aligning with Congress in upcoming elections.

Hardik Patel, a known leader of Patidar community, had recently asserted that he was determined to work for the defeat of the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat. “I am not working for the victory of the opposition Congress, but am committed to the legitimate rights of my community,” Patel said at a conclave of India TV in Ahmedabad.

The 24-year-old spearhead of ‘Patidar Anamat Andolan’, during his talks with Congress’ in-charge for Gujarat Ashok Gehlot had sought greater representation of politically influential Patels, as per reports.

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