Everything you wanted to know about Patel agitation in Gujarat

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Who is Hardik Patel?

21-year-old Hardik Patel is the convener of two months old Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS). He is a B.Com graduate from Ahmedabad Sahajanand College. He belongs to a middle class family based in Viramgam, rural Ahmedabad. Hardik Patel is a great orator and is being compared to ‘Modi.’ He is also called the ‘New Modi.’ While there are others who draw a parallel with him and Arvind Kejriwal

What are the demands of Patel agitators?

The protesters demand that Patel community to be listed under Other Backward Castes (OBC). They also want 5% quota for landless Patidars under special backward class quota.

Can Gujarat government provide reservation to Patel community?

Gujarat’s Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has said that Patels could not be added to the list of more than 100 castes under OBC. She has underlined that Gujarat has already hit the cap of 50% reservations mandated by the Supreme Court.

What is the status of Patel community in Gujarat?

Patels constitute 20% of Gujarat’s population. Patel community is economically and socially powerful in Gujarat but the protesters say lower caste reservations have put them at a disadvantage. Patels, who control the lucrative diamond cutting and polishing industry of Gujarat, are among the most prosperous businessmen and farmers in the state.

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Why did the rally turn violent?

Supporters of Hardik Patel say that they were organising a peaceful mass gathering of thousands of people from Patel community in Ahmedabad on August 25. Hardik Patel addressed the gathering. It took a violent turn after Hardik Patel was briefly arrested before police starting to beat the crowd with lathi (canes). This angered the crowd prompting them to go on rampage burning several buses, motorcycles, vans and damaging public properties throughout the night on Tuesday.  Violence spread to Rajkot, Surat and Mehsana. Around 70 buses were damaged by protesters at different places. A curfew has now been imposed across the state. Schools, colleges and businesses remained closed in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

Which political parties are backing the Patel protesters?

The Congress claims that Patel protesters are backed by a small faction of Patel community within the BJP. The BJP claims that Hardik Patel is a Congress creation to divide the Patels, who constitute the major votebank of BJP in Gujarat. Both parties are, however, against the reservations for Patels. There are reports that Hardik Patel has also been a member of Aam Aadmi Party at some time but the only party he claims belonging to is of Patidars.

What is the next step for Patel protesters?

After protests and sporadic violence in the state, Hardik Patel has sat on a fast. He has given a 48 hour deadline to the government announcing that he will be sitting on fast until the Chief Minister personally comes and assures him that their demands would be met. He has also threatened to take the reservation movement outside Gujarat involving Patel community from the states of Rajasthan, Bihar, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

11 COMMENTS

  1. For just to get some jobs for some of you, You are ready to
    re grade your high respect, prestige , Hardik you need see your doctor. You and
    your community getting too greedy. By the way I am not from Gujarat.

  2. SUNO MERE BANDHOO RE —– SPECIALTY OF PATELS
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    Do not listen to anything Patels say……….. they are desh drohi number 1 of India. They are also ganduo number 1 of India. Go, check. You will not find any Patels in Indian Army but they are number 1 in hawala, kala dhanda, 60/40, black money, rishwatkhori and underground economy. Have you ever heard of Captail Patel, Major Patel or Corporal Patel? Patels will even sell their mothers to make money. It has been reported that they even marry their sisters on paper to get American visa and green card………. being darpok and doing kala dhanda is their specialty. “TUM LADHO AUR HUM KAPADA SAMHALATA HAI” is their motto.

  3. BIGGEST LOOTERS OF INDIA ARE GUJJUS
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    Hiten Dalal, Bhupen Dalal, Harshad Mehta, Ketan Parekh, BD Narottam, Arun Jain, RK Chandolia, Gautam Doshi, Vinod Goenka, Rajiv Agarwal, Ravi Ruia, IP Khaitan, Kiran Khaitan, Vikas Saraf are names of some of the accused in major corruption case of the last twenty years. All of them are either Gujrati or Marwari. As long as Gujarti or Marwari parasite is having control of India’s business, India will always be poor. Darpok Gujaratis ride on other people’s sacrifice but do desh-drohi activities like hawala, 60/40, black money, evade taxes, Swiss bank accounts and encourage bribery regime. Have you ever heard of Captain patel, Major Shah or Corporal Modi? Their motto is … TUM LADHO AUR HUM KAPADA SAMHALATAI HAI

  4. ANY BRAVE WARRIOR HERO OF GUJARAT?
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    Darpok Gujju, how about any warrior hero in the last 8,000 years? How long will Sardar Patel last you? That is the only name other than Gandhi darpok Guajaratis know. How about some brave fighter like King Shivaji, Jhansi Ki Rani, Guru Govind Singh, Rana Pratap Singh?… Or darpok Gujaratis just like to give protection money to spare them?

  5. GUJARATI HEROES………… STORY OF MEDIOCRE LEADERS OF CHUAMCHA PEOPLE
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    Darpok and bagoda husband Modi has one thing in common with Mahatama Gandhi. Mahatama neglected his responsibilities of his family and wife and left all for jan seva and self-fulfillment. Modi ran away from his marriage (after looking into his pants) and did the same because of his impotence. Mahatama Gandhi children have written books about how bad, negligent and irresponsible father Gandhi was. In India, we have a habit of glorifying wrong heroes and even Gods. For example, Lord Ram verbaly abused his wife who gave birth to his children in a jungle and finally committed suicide. But now we are ready to kill each other to build his temple in Ayodhya. Stupid leaders of a chumacha mentality society is a disease of India.

  6. DARPOK LEADER OF A DARPOK STATE
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    People……………. My name is Modi and I was a darpok leader of a darpok state where people never join India’s army, navy or air force to fight out enemies at the border. We ride on the blood and sacrifices of soldiers from other states. Our motto is ………………. TUM LADHO HUM KAPADA SAMHALTA HAI

  7. ‘RUNCHODDAS’ IS A COMMON NAME IN GUJARAT
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    Ranchoddas is a very common name in Gujarat. There is a good reason for it. Gujarat has a ZERO percentage in India’s Army, Navy and Airforce. ZERO means NONE. It is not just now but for hundreds of years. Gujarat did not have a single warriots hero lik King Shivaji, Jhansi Ki Rani, Shahid Bhagat Singh, Tatya Tope, Guru Govind Singh and others. NONE. All they talk about is just 2 people. Gandhi and Sardar Patel … But no Captain Patel, Corporal Modi or Major Shah. You will never meet a Gujarati soldier… because their motto is TUM LADHO HUM KAPADA SAMHALTA HAI. Our hero Modi proved his DARPKNESS when he abandoned the wife … Jasodaben.

  8. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT
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    Major Modi. Imagine Narendrakumar Damodardas Modi in the army uniform with a big belly and with a rifle. Unbelievable, right?………. This is because Gujaratis and soldier do not mix. Try to remember when you met Captain Patel or Colonel Shah last time. YOU NEVER HAVE…….. EVER! Gujaratis have a ZERO percentage in India’s armed forces today and for hundreds of years. ZERO means NONE….. Gujarati motto is ‘Tum Ladho, Hum Kapada Samhalata Hai’

  9. GUJARATI MOTTO – TUM LADHO HUM KAPADA SAMHALATA HAI
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    Gujaratis have a ZERO percentage in India’s defense forces. They ride on the blood and sacrifices of brave soldiers from other states. Their excuse for not fighting is they give money. What if every state in India said what Gujarat says…… TUM LADHO AUR HUM KAPADA SAMAHALATA HAI?…… What then? Who will fight at the border? Who will shed blood and die defending the nation? What IF Punjab and Maharashtra also said that we will just give money, so let somebody else die fighting the enemies? What should India do? How will India protect itself from terrorist attacks, from Pakistan and China? Should we wrap Gujarati Dhoti around the nation? OR should we offer Dhokla to our enemies?

  10. WE DO NOT FIGHT BUT GIVE MONEY……… EXCUSE OF DARPOK GUJARATIS
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    Gujaratis have a ZERO percentage in India’s defense forces. They ride on the blood and sacrifices of brave soldiers from other states. Their excuse for not fighting is they give money. They did the same thing during all agressions and attacks on India….. GIVE MONEY. They gave money to the Moghuls and they gave money to the British. Not serving in India’s defense forces and making money instead is unacceptable. Defending the nation from its enemies is every body’s responsibility.

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