Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Congress, Hardik Patel deceiving each other on Patel reservation: Arun Jaitley

Congress, Hardik Patel deceiving each other on Patel reservation: Arun Jaitley

Nov.20 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday said the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leaders, who were working as agents of Congress, have been exposed following their clash over ticket distribution.

Mewani, 37, had met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Surat recently.

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. "Hardik today claimed that he has received the proposal about reservation from Congress. However, we are happy that a joint alliance will fight together against BJP and that the people of the state will finally see an end to BJP's 22-year rule", he said.

He said Congress has been completely exposed before the Assembly elections. There is no disagreement between the Congress and Patidar leaders.

The deputy chief minister said Hardik Patel was speaking like a spiritual guru in his press conference.

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Patel said any quota in government jobs and educational institutions exceeding the 50% cap put by the Supreme Court is something "offered by fools and also accepted by fools".

Sibal, however, held his cards close to chest when asked about the details of the formula the Congress and the Patel- led PAAS had worked out, adding the related issues would be decided later.

The Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case in 1992 (Indra Sawhney etc vs Union Of India And Others) that the total reservation including SC, ST and OBC quotas has to stay within the 50 percent limit to balance reservation against the principle of equality for every citizen as enshrined in Article 14 and clause 1 of Article 16. "In my opinion, this formula of reservation is a big joke", Patel told reporters in Ahmedabad.

"They have agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31 and provisions of section 46", he said addressing the media. We thank him that they (PAAS) have joined us with an ideology to contest the election by coming together.

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