While Hardik Patel refrained from lending open support for Congress in the upcoming Gujarat assembly election, he vowed to fight against BJP. I had an issue with Dinesh Bambhania who has been criticizing the Congress.
Hardik said if voted to power, the Congress had made a decision to give quotas to Patidars under article 46, protected by article 31C of the Constitution. Addressing a press conference, Hardik said, "The Congress has also promised to mention the entire formula in its election manifesto".
Clarifying that he wasn't joining the Congress, Patel said the PAAS would ensure the defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has "victimised" the Patidar community in the state. "PAAS leaders are involved in internal infighting over ticket allocation and are opposing the Congress publicly for their personal interests", Sagar Savalia wrote on Facebook. He said, "We have never appealed to anyone to vote for Congress, but since they are talking about our rights, we leave it to people to decide".
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The Patidars have been agitating for reservation in government jobs and education for the past two years under the leadership of PAAS and have been growing increasingly upset with the BJP due to the state government's failure to approve the quota. The BJP veteran leader warned Hardik that a day will come when people of the Patidar community would teach him a lesson for "playing with their sentiments".
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Congress on Monday put out a second list of candidates, in which four candidates from its first list were dropped to accommodate four others with an intention to pacify the PAAS leaders. Though the Dalit leader did not explicitly commit that he would campaign for the Congress, he said he would do everything possible to prevent the BJP from coming to power in Gujarat. The Congress is counting on the Patidar votes to sway the election results of Gujarat in their favour and uproot the BJP, which has been in power since 1995 in the state. Nilesh Kumbhani was replaced as party's candidate from Kamrej assembly constituency in a late night announcement.