There are reports of massive chaos at the venue of the BJP president Amit Shah’s Patidar rally in Gujarat’s Surat as angry Patels resorted to breaking the chairs and shouted pro Hardik Patel and anti Shah slogans.
Aware of the devastating consequences ahead of next year’s assembly polls, organisers were seen begging to Patel crowd not to leave the rally venue without eating.
Shah, according to eye witnesses, was forced to conclude his speech in just four minutes.
According to NDTV, supporters of Hardik Patel went on a rampage, chanting his name and vandalising the furniture.
The crowd started chanting “Hardik, Hardik” while Shah sat on the stage and Union minister Purshottam Rupala addressed the crowd.
Shah was in Surat to attend a huge rally by the BJP to honour the new Patel ministers in the government led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
Patels, a traditional BJP supporters, have fallen out with the saffron party after the state’s BJP government ordered a crackdown against them during their agitation last year.
Hardik, who the BJP government had arrested on the charges of sedition, was recently released on bail after being inside the jail for months.
He had recently warned Shah to stay away from the Patels’ agitation.
Taking to Facebook, he had written, “I request Amit Shah to stay away from the Patel community’s agitation to get reservation. We will not stop it just because you want it. The agitation will not stop till I am alive. And if you still want to crush the stir by force, then you will have to kill me.”
There were signs of unrest even before Shah arrived in Surat as several posters on the streets described him General Dyer asking him to go back.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted asking if the developments in Surat was a sign of the BJP losing Gujarat, which has been its bastion for over a decade.
His tweet said, “Scenes from Amit Shah’s Surat rally. BJP losing Gujarat?”