The Gujarat Government on Friday ordered the release of all 135 Patel agitators detained for creating ruckus at a function where chief minister Vijay Rupani and BJP President Amit Shah were heckled.
Rupani and Shah were heckled by quota agitation leader Hardik Patel’s supporters at the grand event in Surat organised to felicitate Patel leaders on Friday.
“Our CM and party President Amit bhai Shah have a big heart and hence decided to release all those persons who were detained yesterday in Surat,” said Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja. As many as 135 protesters were detained by police for creating ruckus in and around the venue and ransacking furniture.
Upon receiving the order, all those detained were released this evening, said PN Patel, Inspector at Kamrej in Surat under whose jurisdiction the incident took place.
Amit Shah, Vijay Rupani and other party leaders as well Ministers were booed off stage as the members of Hardik’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) created commotion at the event.
Chaos prevailed outside the venue as well as in Mota Varraccha area, where Patidar community members from the locality hurled stones at police.
The function, billed as BJP’s show of strength in the Patidar stronghold of Surat, wound up within minutes with Patel leaders cutting short their speeches. Mr Shah could speak for hardly four minutes amid sloganeering.
The ruckus started even before the commencement of the function with the Patel quota agitators raising slogans like “Jai Sardar, Jai Patidar” and hailing Hardik.
The programme was organised by ‘Patidar Abhivadan Samiti’, an outfit floated by a local businessman, to felicitate Patidar leaders including the newly-appointed state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani, Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, Union Ministers Parshottam Rupala and Manshukh Mandaviya. The slogan shouting continued, forcing even Mr Shah and Mr Rupani to cut short their speeches.
(With PTI inputs)