Gujarat polls 2017: Congress agrees demands of Patidar community, says Hardik Patel

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"As per the formula, without touching the 49 per cent quota (now provided in the state) to the Schedule Tribes (ST), Schedule Castes (SC) and Other Backward Class (OBC), the Congress has chose to provide quota to the communities, who have not got the benefit of reservation so far under Article 31 (C) and Article 46 of the Constitution", he told reporters here.

Stating that the Congress party is misleading Hardik Patel, Patel said, "Hardik is aware that over 50% reservation is not possible". The party will bring a Bill in the state Assembly and give reservation, he said. "Congress has promised to give us reservation under Section 31 and Section 46 of the Constitution". He further added that he had never asked any Patidars to vote for Congress.

"The Patidars have always been victimised".

Hardik, in his press conference on Wednesday, had claimed that he was offered Rs 1,200 crore by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's Chief Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan, when he was in jail.

But Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley mocked the agreement calling it an exercise at "deception of each other". "BJP is trying to divide the Patidar community", he said. He also stated that nowhere in the Constitution it was written that reservation above 50 per cent could not be given. The BJP is using these tactics as it fears defeat. When pointed out that the Supreme Court had "restrained" the Rajasthan government from taking action on conferring the benefit of reservation resulting in crossing the total reservation beyond 50 per cent, Hardik said, "This (50 per cent cap) is just a suggestion of the Supreme Court".

Late on Monday night, the Gujarat Congress, in an attempt to placate the furious Patidar leaders, released a second list of 13 candidates. Besides, he believes that the alleged spat with the Congress over tickets was the handiwork of some PAAS functionaries.

Three out of these four are PAAS nominees, who Hardik and his supporters have backed vociferously.

On Wednesday, Hardik Patel expressed his "direct or indirect" support for the Congress in the upcoming Gujarat elections.

To get the poll math right, the Congress, looking to make a comeback in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state after 22 years, could have overlooked the quota math. The counting will take place on 18 December.

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