Gujarat Assembly polls : Hardik Patel says Congress has accepted Patidar's demands

Gujarat Assembly polls : Hardik Patel says Congress has accepted Patidar's demands

Gujarat Assembly polls : Hardik Patel says Congress has accepted Patidar's demands

Patidar leader Hardik Patel Wednesday declared his support for the Congress in the Gujarat elections next month and said the opposition party had accepted his demand for reservation for the Patel community.

According to reports, Hardik Patel stated to media that Congress has assured him of going ahead with the reservation sought by the Patidar community if they win the elections. He categorically said that PAAS would not join any political party for the next two and a half years and keep fighting against atrocities of BJP.

He said that the Congress party will bring in a bill once they come to power in the poll-bound Gujarat. He further clarified that PAAS "never asked for any ticket" and also, there was no conflict within PAAS.

Sibal, however, held his cards close to chest when asked about the details of the formula the Congress and the Patel- led PAAS had worked out, adding the related issues would be decided later.

The Patel leader said there were no differences with the Congress over seat-sharing.

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Speaking at a media briefing, the union minister said, "The Congress-Hardik club is one of mutual deception".

The PAAS leader accused the BJP of "horse trading" in north Gujarat, saying: "BJP is using tactics as it fears defeat".

It was only after the Congress accommodated as many as five of the 89 candidates in the first phase of polls that Hardik Patel chose to back Congress.

Three out of these four are PAAS nominees, who Hardik and his supporters have backed vociferously. "So directly or indirectly, there will be support for the Congress", Hardik said at a press conference in Ahmedabad.

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