Gujarat polls: Congress has accepted our decisions, says Patidar leader Hardik Patel

Gujarat polls: Congress has accepted our decisions, says Patidar leader Hardik Patel

"They (Hardik Patel and Congress) can continue to mutually deceive each other and the public by saying that they will devise a methodology of breaching the cap". The deputy CM accused Hardik of speaking "Congress' language" and that the reservation does not have constitutional validity.

He said his outfit has never appealed anyone to vote for the Congress Party; but since the latter is talking about the rights of the Partidars, the voting decision will be left to the people.

He is also reported to have staged protest in front of Solanki's residence.

Legal experts today said the quota promised by the Congress to Hardik Patel for his Patidar community in poll-bound Gujarat may not pass judicial muster due to the 50 per cent cap even as the BJP dubbed the deal as a "big joke" and "mutual deception".

The Deputy Chief Minister's remark came after the Patidar leader claimed that the Congress party has agreed to give reservation to the Patidar community, if the party comes to power in Gujarat. The formula for how it will be done will be included in Congress's manifesto, he added. He said, "BJP has been fooling the people of the state for the last 22 years". The party will bring a Bill in the state assembly and give reservations, he said.

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The Congress, which has mounted a hectic campaign to dislodge the long-ruling BJP in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and saffron party chief Amit Shah, has been wooing the Patel stir spearhead for quite some time.

So now the Congress has all the three community leaders officially on board in an election which is fast turning in to all about caste.

Three out of these four are PAAS nominees, who Hardik and his supporters have backed vociferously.

Another Surat PAAS convener Dharmik Malviya, who was indulged in clashes with Congress on Sunday night expressed that "Dhirubhai is the best candidate for the Varachha seat as he has a huge following".

The first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections for 89 seats will be held on December 9 and for the remaining 93 on December 14. The results will be declared on December 18.

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