Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who was being seen to be in talks with the Congress party for alliance ahead of Gujarat poll has more to think about than mere election.
It need be mentioned that a local court in Visanagar, Mehsana has issued a non-bailable warrant against Hardik Patel, Lalji Patel and some other Patidar leaders.
The warrant has been issued for vandalising BJP MLA Rishikesh Patel’s office during Patidar Anamat Samiti’s rally in Visnagar in July 2015.
In 2016, same MLA’s car was pelted stones at while passing through ITI Circle in Mehsana’s Visnagar city. Visnagar was one of the nerve-centres of (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti) PAAS-led agitation for reservations for the Patel community then.
Incidentally, the warrant comes on a day when the Election Commission announced the schedule for Gujarat Assembly election 2017.
So far, Patel has denied reports of him joining the Congress. However, he is seen to be hobnobbing with the opposition party.
Few days ago, a leaked CCTV footage showed him coming out of a hotel in which Rahul Gandhiwas staying in Ahmedabad. Despite the footage, Patel denied that he had met the Gandhi scion.
However, he has not denied his support for the Congress in the upcoming crucial elections.
In 2016, Patel had shot to fame for launching the Patidar quota agitation which had turned violent killing nine people. He was later arrested and exterminated. Earlier this year, he was allowed to come back to Gujarat.
Along with two other youth protestors – OBC icon Alpesh Thakor and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani – Patel threatens to spoil the BJP’s chances at the hustings.