22-yr-old Hardik Patel landed in Delhi on Sunday to hold talks for a nationwide stir demanding OBC reservations for the Patels.
Hardik Patel said, “We want to take our movement all over the nation. Whereever the Patel community needs me, I will go.”
Hardik Patel will meet representatives of the Jat and Gujjar communities, along with the members of his own community in Delhi. Also on Hardik’s agenda is a mammoth rally in the heart of Delhi next month.
Patel added, “We are thinking of holding a protest at Jantar Mantar here in Delhi, and also in Lucknow.”
Hardik Patel claims the Patidars are spread all over India, from Rajasthan in the north to Andhra Pradesh in south. There are total 27 crore Patidars.
The Bihar CM has already supported the Patidar movement, though his stand has led to friction within the JD (U), with senior leader Sharad Yadav refusing to back the movement.
Hardik Patel feels the Gujarat model of the movement can be replicated in other states too with help from other communities fighting reservation battles in their own regions.