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Hardik Patel, Age: 24, WANTED- Gujarat election

To dismantle the perception of grievances created by agitation of Hardik Patel and his aides under the banner of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, their search is at an all time high, with the announcement of Gujarat Assembly election just round the corner.

Hardik’s key aides Varun Patel and Reshma Patel had already joined the ruling BJP, dramatically accusing him as an agent of the Congress. Being prominent faces during the agitation, they were critical of the ruling BJP in the state, but after meeting Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and state party chief Jitu Vaghani, in the presence of BJP President Amit Shah, they said that their agitation was not about uprooting BJP and bringing Congress to power, but for getting reservation under the OBC quota.

They further alleged that Congress is using Hardik Patel as their vote-bank, whereas BJP has supported their community by accepting majority of their demands.

In a dramatic turn of events on Monday, another aide of Hardik Patel in North Gujarat, Narendra Patel, alleged in front of the media that he has been offered Rs 1 crore by BJP to switch sides and Rs 10 lakh was immediately given by another ex-aide Varun Patel, who had already joined BJP earlier. He claimed that he decided to take money and parade it before media to expose BJP.

The drama connotes that Hardik Patel has donned the role of Ranchoddas Chanchad from the movie 3 idiots and every one needs an alliance with him to win the elections.

Whereas Hardik Patel, on his Twitter handle, addressed the issue by stating:

“The BJP has formed a corpus budget of Rs 500 crore to buy those who led the agitation against the ruling government. I cannot understand if development has really been done, then why this event of buying?”

In another post, he said, “6 crore people of Gujarat are fighting against the BJP, not just me. Businessman, farmers, labourers and all the communities are fed up by the dictatorship of the BJP.”

 


Seeing all this drama going on, the Congress has invited Hardik Patel to meet Rahul Gandhi, possibly to make him join the party.

When a murder accused is absconding, then police if working with a colonial mindset, while tracing evidence, they track, teether henchmen or relatives, in search of the kingpin of the crime.

This metaphor can be put in Indian politics. The question arises why is the same modus operandi being used by politicians in the time of elections? Is this the morality of Indian democracy?

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