Ahead of crucial state election, the Gujarat government has decided to withdraw all “non-serious” cases lodged against the Patidar community members during the agitation for OBC quota. It need be mentioned that the move is being seen as an attempt to woo the influential Patidar voters.
However, the government did not give any definite assurance about withdrawal of two sedition cases against the quota agitation leader Hardik Patel. Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said the decision to withdraw cases had nothing to do with the coming elections. “We have already withdrawn 109 non-serious cases against Patidar agitators. Another 136 cases will be withdrawn this week as the process is underway. We will withdraw all non-serious cases soon,” he said at a press conference here. The minister did not give the exact number of cases lodged against Patidar agitators in the last two years. As the railways has also lodged FIRs during the August 2015 quota agitation violence, Patel said the state home department has urged the railway minister to allow withdrawal of those cases too. Asked about government’s stand on the fate of sedition cases against Hardik Patel and some others, the minister said the decision on those cases will be taken later.