No quota cap in Constitution: Hardik Patel

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel on Tuesday said the Indian Constitution did not limit reservation in employment and education for certain categories to 50 per cent. “Only the Supreme Court has capped the reservation at 50 per cent through its judgment. Nowhere is it written in the Constitution that there can be no reservation beyond 50 per cent,” he said at an India TV conclave here. The Congress and the PAAS have reached an understanding on a formula for extending quota benefit to Patidars without disturbing the present 49 per cent quota for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. The BJP has been mocking it, saying the agreement amounts to “deceiving each other” because quotas cannot exceed a constitutional ceiling of 50 per cent. The PAAS leader accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of doing nothing to extend reservation to the Patidars and alleged that it had “committed atrocities on the Patidars”. “The BJP committed atrocities on the Patidar community. I am fighting for its ouster from power,” he said. The PAAS leader accused the then Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel of ordering police firing on demonstrators that led to the death of 14 persons during the agitation by the community in 2015. “We took out nearly 200 rallies and there was not a single incident of violence. At the GMDC ground, nearly 30 lakhs people came, and at 2 a.m., there were four lakh people in our meeting. Nothing happened. But then those in power decided to do something. They switched off power and police resorted to action. Fourteen youths were killed. They were innocent people and not demonstrators,” he said. Responding to a query, Hardik Patel said his outfit had two objectives: First, to ensure reservation to the Patidar community; and second, to ensure the defeat of the BJP. “If BJP is defeated and the Congress comes to power, it will help our agitation. We can then agitate freely for our case, and force both the state and the Centre to accept our demand for reservation.” The Patidar leader reiterated that none of the PAAS members sought tickets from the Congress to contest the polls. Hardik Patel denied Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charge that the Congress had insulted Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. “The Congress never insulted the Sardar; his daughter Maniben was twice made a member of Parliament. Had Sardar Patel been alive, he would have opposed the erection of his statue.” Hardik Patel, however, said Sardar Patel’s ‘samadhi’ should have been built in Delhi and named “Rashtra Ghat”.

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It's official: Hardik comes out to support Congress

 Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday announced his support to the Congress in the Gujarat Assembly election after it reached an understanding with him by promising job quotas to the agitating Patel community if it comes to power.

Hardik Patel made the much-awaited announcement on behalf of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) at a crowded press conference here and said the PAAS was formally accepting the “workable formula” advanced by the Congress. “The Congress has accepted our demand for reservations with a formula that provides for benefits equivalent to OBCs constitutionally, without disturbing the present 49 per cent quota for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs,” Patel said. “We are accepting the formula given to us by the Congress party.” Neither Patil nor Congress gave out details of the understanding reached on the reservation formula. Senior Congress leader and former union minister Kapil Sibal, who had held discussions with Patel and other PAAS leades, said Hardik Patel would reveal the details of the formula at an appropriate time. Sibal merely said that his party’s suggestions on providing quotas to Patidars in poll-bound Gujarat was “as per the Constitution”. Mutual deception, says Jaitley But Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley mocked the agreement calling it an exercise at “deception of each other”. “From the statements that I have seen so far, the Congress-Hardik club is one of mutual deception. The law of the land is very clear and that is laid down by the Supreme Court and only last week in the Rajasthan case it has been reaffirmed that the 50 per cent cap cannot be breached. “They can continue to mutually deceive each other and deceive the public by saying that we will devise a methodology by breaching the cap. Legally and constitutionally it is not possible as the law stands today,” he said. Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel lashed out at Hardik Patel for accepting the Congress formula on job quotas and supporting it in the Assembly polls, calling him a “fool”. “Fools have given a formula and fools have accepted it,” a fuming Nitin Patel said. “I have not seen a more foolish person than Hardik. He is young boy. He may have got some love from the community but they are going to perish soon.” ‘I am nobody’s agent’ Flanked by other leaders of the PAAS, which has been campaigning for job quotas for the Patels, Hardik Patel brushed aside allegations by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that he was “a Congress agent”. “The Congress has accepted our demands though it is in opposition and has promised to even include it in its manifesto,” he said. “In this situation, when the BJP tortured our youth and slapped false cases, including those of sedition, there is nothing wrong in supporting the Congress. “Let the BJP call me a Congress agent. I am nobody’s agent, except that of the people. The BJP doesn’t have a land title to Gujarat, six crore people own the state.” Hardik Patel said the Congress had said that if it won the Gujarat elections, it would pass a proposal for reservations under Articles 31-C and 46 of the Constitution. He insisted that the Constitution nowhere said more than 50 per cent reservations could not be given. “The Supreme Court has only given suggestions on this. There is neither any law nor provision in the Constitution.” He said a new Gujarat government would talk to all the stakeholders and set up a separate Commission. “The Congress has promised that a survey would be carried out within Patel or any other forward community as per the provisions of the OBC Commission and on this basis parameters of economic, social, educational or employment would be used to extend reservation benefits to Patels and other forward communities,” Patel said. He claimed that since 1994, many states, including Gujarat, had given quotas beyond 50 per cent and in states as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka such reservation had been in existence for 15 to 17 years. Patel said he was accepting the formula not just on behalf of PAAS but after speaking to several community leaders and key religious organisations – Khodaldham and Umiyadham. However, heads of both these bodies denied having received any details about the Congress formula. (IANS) // ]]>

Hardik Patel sex tape rocks poll-bound Gujarat

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Congress in a quandary over Hardik sex tapes

His supporters claimed the video was morphed. Patel said it was a conspiracy against him by the ruling BJP, which was “known to be adept at this”. He pointed out that sometime ago, BJP insiders floated such a video of one of their own leaders Sanjay Joshi.

The Sanjay Joshi echo

Sanjay Joshi is a BJP member from Gujarat, and was the rising star from that state until a sex CD that purported to feature him surfaced in 2005, and he was removed from all party posts. The CD is believed to be have been doctored. Joshi’s feud with Prime Minister Modi is the stuff of political legend. The prime minister and Joshi have been at odds since the Shankersinh Vaghela revolt of 1995 when Keshubhai Patel was dethroned as chief minister and Modi banished from Gujarat by the party. Patel made a comeback in the 1998 elections; he was succeeded by Modi in 2001. Joshi stayed out in the cold. Joshi was reinstated in the party’s national executive in 2011; the next year saw his removal from the post again, a move widely reported to be at Modi’s behest.

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Hardik to inaugurate movie on Patidar stir

Patidar leader Hardik Patel will inaugurate here on Friday a movie, ‘Hammein Haq Chahiye, Haq Se’, focussing on him and the Patidar agitation in Gujarat. The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, of which Patel is the Convener, said he would inaugurate the film at Navjeevan Restaurant in Varachha area since he is here for a court appearance in a sedition case. The Patidar agitation for reservation under the Other Backward Class category for the Patels has generated interest, especially among Gujarati filmmakers.

Rahul takes electoral battle into Patidar den

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday evening stormed into the Patidar-dominated Varachha area here in the diamond hub asserting that the “satya” of Gujarat and that of the BJP were two different things. He also promised to come here again on November 8 when the ruling BJP celebrates “anti-black money day”. Varachha area is one of the key centres of Hardik Patel led Patidar agitation for reservations to the community under the OBC category. Amid a cheering audience, Gandhi asserted that the reality of BJP and Gujarat were two different things, and the fight was now between the two. He said while the UPA government had allotted Rs 35,000 crore for MNREGA, the national rural employment guarantee scheme, Narendra Modi, as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, had allocated Rs 33,000 crore to Tatas for the Nano project. “You gave everything and wanted employment, education for your children, treatment for your ailment. Did you get it? Every time you click a selfie, a youth in China benefits,” Gandhi said, speaking in Hindi, as the crowds screamed, “No, no.” “You wanted education for your children, you have to give Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh as capitation fees since most institutions in Gujarat are owned by private companies. “The state of health facilities is no different. This is what the BJP has done in these years. Taken everything from you and helped a handful of business houses.”
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Hardik Patel draws his line for Congress

Not a threat, says Congress

The Congress on Saturday sought to downplay the ultimatum given by Patidar stir leader Hardik Patel to clarify its position on quotas for Patels by November 3 and said the party will respond to it. Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said the party did not consider Patel’s remarks as a threat and added that the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader had expressed his opinion. “I do not consider it a threat. He has expressed his opinion. Congress believes in transparency and communication and not in doing deals worth crores behind curtains. Whatever he has tweeted, we will reply,” Khera said at the party briefing.  Khera, at one point, however, commented on Patel’s language and said “I don’t think that anybody in politics speaks the language.” “He has of course expressed his views and I am glad that people do that in public domain,” Khera added.
Earlier, CCTV footage of Hardik Patel sneaking into a five-star hotel in Ahmedabad where Rahul Gandhi was staying during his last visit to Gujarat was shown on various television channels. The BJP has been alleging for long that the Patidar quota stir was supported by Congress from behind the scenes. The CCTV footage of the hotel visit and the audio clips of Narendra Patel have now given the BJP enough matter with which to attack the Patidar leader. The Congress says that it will uphold the current 49 per cent quotas for SC/ST and OBCs and bring about legal provisions for providing 20 per cent quotas for the unreserved communities of the society. “We would provide quotas for the poor and middle class strictly as per the Constitution,” Manish Doshi, Congress spokesperson, said. (IANS) // ]]>

BJP in all kinds of Patidar trouble in Gujarat

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— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) October 23, 2017 Narendra Patel ‘joined’ the BJP just a couple of hours earlier before he made the allegations, and was welcomed with a saffron scarf in front of media cameras. He said: “It all happened in so much hurry, they immediately called the media to present me and I had to make that show.” “They made a deal of Rs 1 crore on me. One crore? Even if they bestow the entire Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on me, I will not be bought over. Even if I have to die, fighting for the cause,” Patel claimed. Narendra Patel is the convenor of North Gujarat, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), of Hardik Patel.

Another Patidar shock to BJP

Hours after a Patidar leader from north Gujarat alleged that the ruling party had offered him Rs 1 crore for crossing over, Patidar leader Nikhil Sawani announced his resignation from the party. Sawani had joined the BJP a fortnight ago after the state government made some assurances to Hardik Patel’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) on reservations for the Patel community. Announcing his resignation, Sawani said he realized that the BJP was taking the community for a ride and could not remain with it. “The BJP is treating Patidars as a vote bank and what they had promised was a mere lollipop.”

Congress wants court-monitored probe

The Congress on Monday demanded a court-monitored probe into allegations levelled by a Patidar leader from north Gujarat that he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the Bharatiya Janata Party in poll-bound Gujarat. “It calls for a reaction from Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and BJP President (Amit Shah). It calls for registration of an FIR against the Gujarat BJP leaders. It calls for investigation under the supervision of a Gujarat High Court Judge. If this is not checked, the sanctity of the Gujarat election process will be questioned in times to come,” Tewari said. Why is the BJP trying to coerce, lure, bribe leaders of this movement and trying to break it? Isn’t it a clear sign of their frustration? Isn’t it a clear manifestation of their demoralisation?” he asked.
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