Gujarat elections 2017: Hardik Patel denies PAAS sought tickets from Cong

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. Image Courtesy Twitter

Gujarat has suffered a lot during last two years but not now. "Fools have made a proposal and fools have accepted it", he said, adding, more than 50 per cent reservation was not tenable in view of a nine-judge bench judgment of the Supreme Court. For us, reservation is the only issue , As Reported By DNAIndia.

"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.

After days long controversies and discussions, the Congress party accepted the demands put forward by the "Patels" on account of the forthcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat, declared the Patidar leader hardik Patel on Wednesday. However, Hardik has denied that he had ever asked the Congress to give more tickets to PAAS leaders.

The Congress did make a few changes as per Hardik's wish such as removing Amit Thummar from the list, but told him to announce his support as early as possible, the sources said.

Patel, while addressing the media at Ahmedabad in Gujarat, said the party will introduce a bill in the Gujarat Assembly for the reservation, if they win the forthcoming elections.

However, the 23-year-old refrained from saying that his outfit would openly support the Congress.




"I will not campaign in support of Congress but will continue exposing the BJP which will benefit the Congress ultimately", he said.

The Gujarat BJP, meanwhile, has completely ruled out the judicial tenability of Congress' quota formula. He does not know anything about the Constitution.

"A few days ago, in a Rajasthan case, the Supreme Court said you may make whatever law you want to make but you can not breach the 50 per cent limit (for quotas)".

Interestingly, the deputy CM's remarks flies in the face of his own government's ordinance that was promulgated to give 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education to Economically Weaker Sections.

AICC insiders said Rahul's two-day visit has been planned to sustain the momentum the party has been able to generate in Gujarat though the state unit is busy conducting door to door contact programme and corner meetings.

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