Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

To take legal opinion on quota: Hardik Patel

To take legal opinion on quota: Hardik Patel

Leaders of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) on Monday said they will neither support nor oppose Rahul Gandhi's visit to Gujarat, spelling a breather for the Congress there.

A crucial second round of talks took place between Patidar icon Hardik Patel and Gujarat Congress leaders regarding Patidar reservation issue and their other demands.

Mr Rupani had earlier said that the hospital that employed one of the two youths arrested for suspected ISIS links in Gujarat was being "managed" by Ahmed Patel. "We will further hold talks with the Congress and are we are ready to compromise". On reservation, we will get more information about how to meet their demand within the framework of the Constitution.

A Congress leader said that since Patels have traditionally been BJP supporters, the PAAS contesting alone would mean that it substantially eats into the Patidar vote.

Patel had, on Saturday, asked the Congress to make its stand clear by November 3 on how it would ensure reservation for the Patidar community. "The BJP has resorted to cheap tactics and bullying behavior", said Patel.

"On the core issue of reservations to Patels, we had nearly a two-hour-long discussion and we have made a decision to consult experts on the technical and legal aspects, so that it can stand the constitutional scrutiny", a PASS leader said.

"The BJP government has formed Non-Reserved Classes commission, but only through a general resolution and can be struck down anytime". Patel said the Congress has agreed to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe police action against the Patidars at GMDC ground on August 25, 2015 and thereafter.

Ahmed Patel, also a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat and known close aide of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has already dismissed the charges saying, matters of national security "should not be politicised". "Sedition cases will be definitely withdrawn along with other cases", said Congress leader Siddharth Patel. Majority of the cases being withdrawn are that of rioting. "We have not printed these photographs.Terrorism is bigger than corruption and Congress must come clean on the issue", he said adding, else the "blot" on them will be larger than corruption.

"We are not doing any politics over the issue and BJP-led NDA government's policy is clear: it is the security of the nation and its people which are at stake".

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