It seems that all is not well for the Patidar Anamat Aandolan (Patidar Reservation Movement), a prominent organisation of politically strong Patel community in Gujarat which has hogged the limelight recently for holding rally after rally to press its demand of inclusion of the community in other backward class (OBC) category for reservation benefits.
The outfit has not only not got the official permission for its much hyped August 25 mega-rally in Ahmedabad as yet but also there are some visible signs of differences between the organisation and the Sardar Patel Group another prominent Patel community organisation which was a participant in the talks with the seven ministers committee over the reservation issue yesterday.
The Sardar Patel Group which had expressed solidarity with Hardik Patel, the convener of the Patidar Anamat Aandolan who was not invited for the talks, yesterday following the 'failed' discussion is now reportedly quite unhappy over his said 'one man show' approach regarding the so called mega-rally. Several leaders of the group are said to be annoyed at the young leader for not being intimated about the preparation of the rally in which Hardik has claimed to gather over 25 lakh people of his community.
'So far I am completely in the dark about the preparations of the rally. I don't know whether permission has been granted for it or not. I don't know many things. The only man who seemingly know every details is Hardik,' the Gandhinagar district president of the SPG, Gaurang Patel told UNI today.
Meanwhile, sources in the Patidar Anamat Aandolan admitted that they have not yet got the official permission for the rally in Ahmedabad. 'A team of our five leaders had met a senior police official today who told us that permission of a massive rally on the Sabarmati riverfront, our proposed site, was not likely to be granted. However, we have made it clear that if we don't get the permission then to control lakhs of people on the day would be administration's responsibility alone, our volunteers won't be a part of the crowd management in that case.' the sources said.
In yet another development related to the reservation movement the state government has indicated that it might invite the community representatives for another round of talks before August 25 rally in an apparent bid to stop it. On the other hand the ruling BJP in its two day state parliamentary committee meet in Gandhinagar also devised ways to tackle the issue. The party leaders were reportedly advised not to issue statements regarding agitation without proper consultation at the party forum.
The Patidar Anamat Aandolan has so far organised several rallies in different parts of the state since last month. One such rally on July 6 had turned violent in Visnagar town of Mahesana in which the mob vandalized the office of local BJP MLA Rushikesh Patel. The one in Surat city yesterday was the largest so far with an estimated gathering of over one lakh people.UNI RAJ SY SB 1926
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