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Hardik to back Congress, says demand for Patel quota accepted

Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday 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.

  • Published 22.11.17
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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel during a press conference in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. PTI Picture

Ahmedabad, Nov. 22 (PTI): Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday 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 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 here.

The Congress, which has mounted a hectic campaign to dislodge the long-ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, has been wooing Hardik for quite some time.

Elections in Gujarat will be held on December 9 and 14.