Congress promise of reservation for Patidars under shadow of quota ceiling

Kristopher Drake
November 25, 2017

He said there had been no ticket-sharing arrangement with the Congress and that his outfit PAAS will continue its agitation till its demands for reservation were not met. Also, he said Patidars will support Congress because if they come to power, then they will bring in a bill to grant reservation.

Gujarat goes to polls in two stages on 9 and 14 December. On the 50 per cent reservation cap set by the Supreme Court, he said it is just a "suggestion" and nowhere in the Constitution is it written that reservation can not exceed the current limit.

Nitin even accused the Congress Party of bargaining with Hardik Patel and trying to divide the Patidar community.

"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. "Several attempts to buy our convenors in North Gujarat are being made".

Patel on Wednesday claimed that the BJP had offered him a deal of Rs 1,200 crore through a senior bureaucrat when he was in jail but he was not influenced by it. The BJP is using these tactics as it fears defeat. He dismissed rumours of any rift in PAAS.

The development has highlighted how politics prevailed on the issue of reservation on both the sides - Hardik and the ruling BJP - as the stands taken by both are contrary to their previous stance on the issue.

The Congress did make a few changes as per Hardik's wish such as removing Amit Thummar from the list, but told him to announce his support as early as possible, the sources said.

"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. Patel, however, denied they had asked for tickets. He also alleged that the BJP was offering Rs50 lakh to its conveners to contest in the polls.The 23-year-old leader, who has a strong following in the Patel community, especially among youths, said he was opposing BJP as the party had meted out injustice to the community. I did not ask for ticket. He also warned the community against voting "for bogus PAAS members standing in election".

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