The Gujarat government today ordered an inquiry into the alleged suicide by a 30-year-old youth in Rajkot yesterday in support of the demand for reservation for the Patidars (Patels).
The suicide by Umesh Bhalana (Patel), who was the only bread winner for the family of four, including his aged parents, has put a big question on the BJP and the government as the Patels were holding the state government solely responsible for his death.
In the wake of his suicide, the Umiya Mata Temple Samiti, one of the five important religious organizations of the Patels, today declared support to the ongoing agitation by the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) for reservation for Patels, causing a major set back for the BJP.
Umesh in his four-page suicide note also reportedly blamed the governments alleged uncompromising attitude towards the demand for reservation for the Patels on the lines of the Other Backward Classes. A large number of Patel leaders from all over the state who came to Rajkot to attend his funeral today also rejected the governments Rs 1,000 crore financial assistance schemes for the economically weaker sections of the society across all communities. The PAAS has already rejected the EWS scheme as a Lollipop and has announced its decision to continue the agitation.
Some BJP Patel leaders in the Saurashtra region, who had also reached Rajkot and wanted to attend his funeral were chased away by the mourners.
Umeshs suicide also figured prominently in the BJP state-level conclave currently in session in Gandhinagar to discuss the partys strategy in the coming elections to the local self-government bodies, particularly in the light of the Patidar agitation for reservation.
On the second day of the five-day conclave today, the party decided to throw in the ring the Patel leaders to try to pacify the Patidars by moving from house to house and explain the benefits of the EWS schemes in solving the problems of students in the general category faced due to reservation for the backward classes, an official spokesman of the party said. UNI ND CH 2100
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