The Gujarat govt comes forward to end the indefinite hunger strike started by Patidar leader Hardik Patel. After the doctor expressed concern over the health of Patel who has lost almost 20 kgs of weight in the last eleven days, the Gujarat govt urged Hardik Patel to end his indefinite hunger strike.
The indefinite hunger strike was called by Hardik Patel on August 25 for demands which include reservation for the Patidar community under OBC category in government jobs and education sector and farm loan waiver.
On Tuesday night, the state govt organised a meeting with top leaders of the Patidar community at Gandhinagar after an hour when the doctor asked Hardik Patel to get admitted to the hospital as he has lost 20 kgs of weight in the last eleven days
After holding a meeting with the community leaders, Energy Minister Saurabh Patel said that govt aims to end the hunger strike of Mr Patel.
He said “During the meeting, we conveyed that the government is worried about Hardik Patel. We appealed to the leaders to persuade Hardik Patel to end his fast. The leaders have promised us that they would meet Hardik Patel in this regard.”
Mr Hardik launched the hunger strike on the third anniversary of his mega pro-quota rally in Ahmedabad. He released his “will” on Sunday which showed that he divided his property among his parents, sister, 14 youths killed during the quota agitation in 2015 and ‘panjrapole’.
C K Patel who holds the delegation of Patidar leaders said that they would convey the feelings of Hardik Patel to the government. He said “This is just a first meeting over many issues of Patidars. Such meetings will take place in the future too. The government showed a positive approach to many of our demands. We will meet Hardik to convince him to end his fast.”
Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja and Revenue minister Kaushik Patel also met and interacted with Patidar leaders.
Shatrughan Sinha and former Union minister Yashwant Sinha also met Hardik Patel. Hardik Patel’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) has complained the High court that police were not permitting the quota leader to enter the bungalow on the outskirts of Ahmedabad since August 25.