Finally Hardik Patel-Congress embrace: 10 things that Patidar leader said

New Delhi, Nov 22: The ongoing tension between the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and the Congress over allocation of tickets for the Gujarat polls seems to be over finally with the Patidar leader coming out in open and speaking on the issue. What Hardik Patel said:

1. We never asked for any ticket. Also, there is no conflict within PAAS. We have never appealed to anyone to vote for Congress, but since they are talking about our rights, we leave it on people to decide: Hardik Patel

2. Congress will bring in a bill when they come in power in Gujarat. We are not openly extending support to Congress, but we will fight BJP. So directly or indirectly, there will be support to Congress: Hardik Patel on reservations

3. Congress has accepted our issues. They have agreed to give Patidars reservations. Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31 and provisions of section 46: Hardik Patel

4. Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31 and provisions of section 46. Several horse trading attempts being made with our conveners in North Gujarat, Rs 50 lakh being offered. BJP using its tactics as it fears defeat: Hardik Patel

5. Congress will bring in a bill when they come in power in Gujarat: Hardik Patel on reservations

6. We never asked for any ticket. Also, there is no conflict within PAAS: Hardik Patel

7. We have never appealed to anyone to vote for Congress, but since they are talking about our rights, we leave it on people to decide: Hardik Patel 

8. Several horse trading attempts being made with our conveners in North Gujarat, Rs 50 lakh being offered. BJP using its tactics as it fears defeat: Hardik Patel 

9. I am not joining any party. Congress will have to put this reservation formula with details, in their manifesto: Hardik Patel 

10. Congress will have to put this reservation formula with details, in their manifesto: Hardik Patel

Earlier in the Day
Referring to the 2015 quota stir, Hardik had said earlier he would not forget the sacrifice made by the Patidar "martyrs" for the sake of just three-four tickets.

"Just remember one thing, we have to decimate those who have committed atrocities on us. I will not tell you who to vote for. Both the BJP and the Congress are the same. For them, the people are of no value.

"Just use your wisdom while giving your vote and choose the one who assures you justice," Hardik ha told a huge gathering at Transad village in Dholka taluka.

His remarks days after the Congress initially allotted two seats to PAAS members -- Amit Thummar and Lalit Vasoya -- as against 20 seats demanded by the outfit.

The Congress later withdrew the candidature of Thummar from Junagadh and replaced him with Bhikhabhai Joshi of the party, leaving only Vasoya (Dhroaji) in the fray from PAAS.

The "improper representation" to PAAS had prompted protests by its members.

News24Bureau