Gujarat Elections 2017: Hardik Patel forges alliance with Congress

25 Novembre, 2017, 01:13 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Former ASG Vikas Singh. Courtesy ANI news

Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, the PASS leader said his anti-BJP stance would directly or indirectly benefit the Congress at the hustings.

"Draft has been prepared between us and the Congress. Formula is not restricted to Patidar community alone", he added.

In response, Gujarat's deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the agreement showed a two-year-old nexus between the two.

"In our Constitution, there is no mention of 50 per cent cap on reservation". For us, reservation is the only issue , As Reported By DNAIndia.

"Congress has agreed to Patidar's demand for quotas in jobs and college admissions if voted to power", Patel said.

"Congress announced the names without our permission".

Further clearing the air on the ticket distribution, the Patidar leader said, they have never asked for any ticket from the Congress party to contest the Assembly polls and there is "no conflict within the PAAS" regarding the same. The Congress reportedly changed its candidates from the Patidar dominated seats of Varachha Road, Kamrej, Junagadh, and Botad at PAAS's insistence.

Upholding the Mandal Commission recommendation that extended reservation to OBCs, the court had in 1992 capped the quota at 50%.

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The back-channel talk between the Congress and Hardik Patel continued through senior party leader Ahmed Patel in Delhi and Alpesh Thakor in Gujarat.

However, the 23-year-old refrained from saying that his outfit would openly support the Congress.

Giving quota to Patidars was not constitutionally valid, Patel said that the said pact between Congress and Patidars was just for political gains.

"The BJP is shamelessly indulging in alleged acts of bribery, horse trading, misuse of money and muscle power, coercion and threats", said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

On Monday, PAAS supporters ransacked Congress offi ces in Surat after the party declared its fi rst list of candidates. He does not know anything about the Constitution.

Hardik said the promised quota would go beyond the 50 percent cap set by the Supreme Court for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and OBCs.

Last week, the court stayed a decision by the Rajasthan government to give quota to Gujjars, which would have pushed by reservation in the state to 54%.

Gujarat is a developing region, and this type of "negative politics" will not work here or any other state.

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