BJP's OBC commission pitch to counter Congress in Gujarat, Karnataka

23 October, 2017, 04:35 | Author: Gladys Mathis
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Patidar leader Hardik Patel today said that his party will support Congress if it supports their causes.

While Modi will inaugurate a slew of developmental projects before the model code of conduct kicks in, Rahul will undertake the third phase of his yatra during November 1-3, Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said.

Reacting to the Congress invite, Hardik Patel, who has been publicly saying that he was out to defeat the "dictatorial and inhuman" BJP, said, "I am not here to contest elections and my age does not permit it, but other PAAS (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti) members are free to do so". If Hardik Patel manages to pull majority of the 13 per cent of the Patidar community and if Mr Thakor could bring along the majority of the dominant OBC community (nearly 40 per cent) and Mr Mevani could attract a majority of the seven per cent Dalits, the front would comfortably win.

All roads lead to election-bound Gujarat in the coming days, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to visit his home state on Sunday for the third time this month and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi following suit a few days later. "However, the Congress would have to first convince how they would meet our demand for reservations to the Patidars, otherwise it is only an election-oriented promise", Patel told IANS.

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The Congress also invited like-minded parties and leaders including Aam Aadmi Party and Chhotu Vasava, a tribal deader and JD (U) MLA. Both joined the BJP late this evening and went on to describe Hardik Patel as a "Congress agent". "Whether I will contest the polls for Congress or join the party will be jointly decided by Dalit organisations and leaders in the state".

The BJP will also highlight the Centre's decision to raise the creamy layer cap for OBC families to Rs eight lakh from Rs six lakh, and then to form a commission to look into sub-categorisation of other backward classes (OBC) quota. Technically, Hardik Patel can not contest elections as he is underage. He said the people have only two options - the BJP or Congress.

Solanki said his party would also approach the Supreme Court to ensure that its proposal for 20 per cent additional reservations is approved.

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