Hardik Patel forms new group ‘to fight for farmers and youth’

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2015 07:10 IST
Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel announced the formation of new group, Akhil Bhartiya Patel Navnirman Sena. (PTI)

Patidar satrap Hardik Patel on Wednesday announced his new outfit — the Akhil Bhartiya Patel Navnirman Sena — taking a cue from one of his political role models, Raj Thackeray.

Addressing his first press conference in Delhi after his recent detention by Gujarat police, Patel announced that he would support JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar in the upcoming Bihar polls as “he belongs to the same caste group”.

The Akhil Bhartiya Patel Navnirman Sena indicated that it could even go to Bihar to organise a few rallies against the BJP-led NDA to follow up on its recent stir for quotas in education and jobs.

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JD(U) sources, however, maintained that the party had not sought Patel’s support for the polls.

Patel also announced his ambitious plan to hold a rally in the capital’s iconic Ramlila Maidan in October.

“The Akhil Bhartiya Patel Navnirman Sena will fight for the cause of farmers, labourers and youth of the country. We want reservation in government jobs on the basis of castes because such reservation would benefit these sections,” he said.

The young Patel leader also tried to woo other caste-based political outfits saying that if any party supports his demands, he is ready to throw his weight behind it.

Alleging police excesses in Gujarat, Patel said his outfit would try to get the Patel MLAs of the BJP defeated as they had not been able to stand up for the cause of the community in the state. Patel said he was in touch with other community leaders and trying to push the demand for reservation.

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