Hardik Patel group sets quota deadline for Congress
The Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti set a 24-hour deadline for the Congress party on giving reservations to the Patidar community in Gujarat. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
The Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) on Friday set a 24-hour deadline for the Congress party on giving reservations to the Patidar community in Gujarat, a media outlet reported.
The deadline ends at midnight Saturday.
Ahead of next month's assembly elections in Gujarat, PAAS has given a list of about 30 assembly seats from where it wants to field its candidates, sources told NDTV, adding that the Congress is trying to convince the group to settle for lesser number of seats.
The NDTV report said that four leaders of the Hardik Patel group were in Delhi on Friday for talks with senior Congress leaders to finalise the agreement for quotas to the Patidars.
"But we were kept waiting the entire day for the meeting at Gujarat Bhawan," PASS convener Dinesh Bambhania was quoted as saying by NDTV. (Also Read - Gujarat elections: Cong gives 3 quota options to Patidars who say they'll get back to them)
"Now we have given a 24-hour ultimatum to the Congress. If you don't accept the demand, then we will assume that you don't need support in the next election," he added.
The last date for filing nominations for the first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections is November 21.
The Congress has been trying to win over the Patidar community ahead of the assembly elections in the state.
Last month, two of Hardik Patel's close aides from the Patidar community, Reshma Patel and Varun Patel, joined the BJP.
Hardik Patel poses a challenge to the ruling BJP as he holds a sway over a chunk of Patidars, considered as loyal voters of the party.