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Congress, Hardik Patel to Join Hands in Gujarat Assembly Elections

The Gujarat Congress announced in Ahmedabad on Friday it will support the Patidar agitation of firebrand leader Hardik Patel even as the latter is learnt to have decided to campaign for the opposition party in the 2017-end assembly elections.

Hardik Patel, 23, has been spearheading an agitation since July 2015 for reservation to the Patels (or Patidars) in government jobs and educational institutions.

According to Solanki: "We are positive about all their demands. I am going to Delhi tomorrow (Saturday) for a meeting with Ashok Gehlot to take a formal decision on this."

AICC General Secretary Gehlot is party's Gujarat affairs incharge.

PAAS members, who represented Hardik Patel at the meeting, are Dinesh Bhambhania, Varun Patel and Manoj Patel.

Besides quota, their four demands include legal action against police officials who allegedly committed atrocities on Patels after a rally in Ahmedabad in August 2015.

They also want to compensation to the next of kin of 14 youths who died in the agitation as well as setting up of an autonomous commission for the Patidars.

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