Hardik Patel sorts out differences with Congress; announces support for party

Posted 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.

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.

A day after Hardik Patel made stunning allegations of being bribed by the BJP, the Congress on Thursday said the Election Commission should investigate the his allegations.

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".

What looks likely is the promise would push the quota beyond the Supreme Court's ceiling of 50%. 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.

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After some initial hiccups, Hardik finally broke his silence Wednesday and announced his support for the Congress after the latter gave in to his demands on reservation for Patidars. "The BJP is offering them both and a number of them are leaving the movement for their personal gains", said Yogesh Miyani, a Hardik aide.

Upholding the Mandal Commission recommendation that extended reservation to OBCs, the court had in 1992 capped the quota at 50%. They were offered Rs 50 lakh. "BJP using its tactics as it fears defeat". He dismissed rumours of any rift in PAAS. Haridk is innocent and young and he should become a tool for Congress to play divisive politics, Nitin said.

To get the poll math right, the Congress, looking to make a comeback in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state after 22 years, could have overlooked the quota math.

Summary: We want to make it clear that we haven't sought tickets from anyone. "We have not seen such a campaign in the world where a political party has fought elections by claiming itself to be anti-development", Jaitely said, making a reference to the "development has gone crazy" campaign. I am not fi ghting for a ticket. He also warned the community against voting "for bogus PAAS members standing in election".