AHMEDABAD : Patidar reservation agitators in Gujarat have resumed their demand for withdrawal of cases registered during the 2015 agitation and also demanded a backwardness survey to include the community in the OBC category. .
The group leading the movement, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), now headed by Alpesh Kathiria, had called a meeting in Gandhinagar on Monday, attended by around 100 members, including Dinesh Bambhania and Dharmic Malviya.
After the meeting, Kathiria told reporters that the PAAS would give a representation to the BJP government in Gujarat regarding these pending demands and would wait for a reply by October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
“14 Patidar youths died during the reservation agitation in 2015. We want government jobs to the kin of each of the deceased. The state government had promised to withdraw cases against the agitators, but at least 250 cases are yet to be returned. have been taken.” ” he said.
Kathiria said the state government should also withdraw the four sedition cases registered against the main agitators, including himself and former Kota leader Hardik Patel, who is now the working president of Gujarat Congress.
“It is a misconception that sedition cases cannot be withdrawn. During today’s meeting, we made a presentation on this issue and showed how Rajasthan government withdrew 100 sedition cases. Our demands are not new. . We have been demanding this for a long time,” the pass leader said.
On the survey of the prevalent backwardness, if any, in the Patidar community, he said Parliament had recently passed the Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, which sought to identify the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) of the states. rights have been restored.
“Before deciding whether Patidars are eligible for reservation under the OBC category, the state government needs to first conduct a survey. We want the government to order a survey of backwardness and then include Patidars in the OBC list. make a decision about it.” Kathiria.
He said that the PAAS would soon give a memorandum to the state government on these demands and would wait for an invitation for talks later.
“Meanwhile, PAAS will reach out to the community in each city and district and spread awareness about these pending demands. We will also form a new team. If the government does not take a decision on our demands by October 31, we will meet again and Decide on our future course of action,” he said.
He claimed, “Generally, demands are heard before elections, as political parties are always afraid of losing votes. Thus, we are confident of getting a solution this time.”
Assembly elections in Gujarat are likely to be held in December 2022.