Patidar leader Hardik Patel today declared his support for the Congress in the Gujarat elections next month and said the opposition party had accepted its demand for reservation for the Patel community.
The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader said the Congress will include the extension of reservation benefit to Patidars in its election manifesto.
“The Congress has agreed to provide reservation to the Patidar community,” Patel told reporters.
We are not openly extending support to Congress, but we will fight BJP. So directly or indirectly, there will be the support to Congress he said while addressing media.
“Congress has accepted our issues. Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31, and provisions of section 46,” he said.
“Draft has been prepared between us and the Congress. The formula is not restricted to Patidar community alone,” he added.
Further clearing the air on the ticket distribution, the Patidar leader said, they have never asked for any ticket from the Congress party to contest the Assembly polls and there is ‘no conflict within the PAAS’ regarding the same.
On November 20, the PAAS workers protested against Congress Party in Ahmedabad and Surat, expressing dismay over the ticket distribution for the assembly polls.
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. Elections in Gujarat will be held on December 9 and 14.