Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
Patidar Anamat Anadolan Samiti (PAAS) is firm on getting reservation even as the state government has started fresh efforts to settle the issue. PAAS leader Hardik Patel has said agitation would continue until their demand for reservation is accepted.
BJP MP and a Patel leader from Saurasthra Vitthal Radadiya who met Hardik in jail on Tuesday briefed Chief Minister Anandiben Patel about the meeting. The Patidars are demanding reservation on Rajasthan pattern for gurjars. Hardik is said to have told Radadiya that cases against all Patel youths should also be withdrawn and action should be taken against the policemen who were involved in assaulting Patidars.
Hardik was produced in Visanagar court today. He told mediapersons that Patidars would not settle for anything less than reservation. “I am working for the betterment of community”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Patidars on Wednesday launched their Ekta yatra in Jamnagar. The 21-day yatra would cover 11 districts in Saurasthra and North Gujarat. On Thursday the yatra would be held in Sisadar village of Rajkot. About 50,000 patidars have gathered to show their strength.
In another development Hardik’s father, Bharat Patel, alleged that he was offered Rs.20 crore for not attending the GMDC rally on August 25 in Ahmedabad. He said that he had turned down the offer as his son was fighting for the cause of the community.
Patidars have resumed their agitation and two AMTS buses were burnt in Nikol area late on Tuesday night. Agitating people also damaged construction site of Metro project in Vastral. Police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has taken a tough stand against the violent protests causing damage to public and private properties and said that the country cannot be held to ransom. While hearing Hardik’s plea seeking quashing of sedition charges against him a division bench of SC said that said it will lay down parameters for fixing the accountabilities for the damage caused to the public and private properties during agitations.
“The country must know what are the consequences. No one can take the country to ransom during agitations. Whether it is BJP, Congress or any other organisation, they must realise that they can be held accountable for the damages to public property,” the bench said.
“Where is our country going? You just cannot burn the country’s or its citizens’ properties. Whether it’s BJP or Congress or whichever organisation or party it is, it may be asked to pay for the property damaged. They will collect the money and pay for the damages,” the bench said. It said, “We must take a call on the issue and we would frame guidelines for taking action against people indulging in such acts.”
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