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May Fight Lok Sabha Polls, Happy With Centre's 10% Quota: Hardik Patel

Lok Sabha elections 2019: "I may contest the elections but nothing has been worked out so far," Hardik Patel said

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May Fight Lok Sabha Polls, Happy With Centre's 10% Quota: Hardik Patel

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Hardik Patel said his fight against the BJP will continue


Ahmedabad: 

Patidar leader Hardik Patel said he is satisfied with the 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education for economically weaker sections in the general category announced by the centre.

Mr Patel also said he may contest the Lok Sabha elections. "I am happy with the 10 per cent reservation for the non-backward classes but let the Supreme Court first approve it," Mr Patel said on Wednesday.

"At the same time, the agitation of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) will continue till the reservation is implemented in letter and spirit and Patidar (Patel) youngsters actually benefit from it," he added.

"My priority has been reservation for the Patidars in government jobs and educational institutions. We have succeeded in getting the centre to announce reservation for the upper castes but we will wait till the Supreme Court approves it," Mr Patel said over telephone from Lucknow.

He said besides reservation, his other chief demand was withdrawal of police cases against Patidars during their four-year-old agitation as well as "action against police officials who unleashed atrocities on our youngsters".

He was referring to the 2015 police action against the Patidars during the massive rally at the sprawling GMDC grounds in Ahmedabad which left 14 people dead.

Asked about his announcement to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections at a rally in Lucknow, Mr Patel said: "Yes, I may contest the elections but nothing has been worked out so far."

On from where in Gujarat he is likely to contest, Mr Patel said: "Nothing is final. You mediapersons keep on asking whether I will contest. My reply is I may, but nothing is final yet."

Mr Patel added that earlier his age did not constitutionally permit him to contest polls but now he was eligible after turning 25 in July last year.

He also said his fight against the BJP will continue.

"Besides jobs for the youth, I have also taken up the cudgels for the cause of the farmers who are in severe distress because of this government's lopsided policies in favour of the corporate sector," Mr Patel said.



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