According to a fresh round of speculations, the Patidar leader Hardik Patel may have placed a set of demands for the Congress prior to joining in and putting his weight ahead of state poll.
The list of demands also includes according to report, an assurance of reservation for the Patel community in government jobs and educational institutions, to the Congress party as a condition for his support of the Grand Old Party.
Hardik has also sought tickets for Patidar candidates in areas dominated by the Patel community, PTI quoted sources in Congress as saying.
The 24-year-old leader, who led the quota stir in Gujarat, met senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot in Ahmedabad on Monday.
In his meeting with Gujarat Congress in-charge, Hardik demanded better representation for politically influential Patels, who had until now backed the BJP, sources said, “Had a good meeting with Hardik Patel and his colleagues,” Gehlot tweeted Monday night. Patel, who is not eligible to contest elections, also told mediapersons that he had gone to a hotel to meet Gehlot.
A number TV channels showed CCTV footage of Hardik entering and exiting a 5-star hotel where Rahul had also briefly checked in.
Thereafter, Ghelot wrote on Twitter that the rooms booked in his name were being checked. “We are openly saying, we have met them n will keep meeting them in future too,” he said.
Gehlot, in another tweet, questioned why IB and police took CCTV footage from the hotel.