Hardik Patel's hunger strike continues; no talks in sight

Patel claims his strike is getting support from all over the state

[File] Pooja Chabbra, daughter-in-law of Rajasthan's social activist late Gurcharan Chabbra, greets Hardik Patel during his hunger strike in Ahmedabad on Friday | AFP [File] Pooja Chabbra, daughter-in-law of Rajasthan's social activist late Gurcharan Chabbra, greets Hardik Patel during his hunger strike in Ahmedabad on Friday | AFP

Even as Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel's indefinite hunger strike entered the 17th day on Monday, chances of talks between Patidar organisations and the state government are nowhere in sight. 

Patel, who was discharged from the SGVP Hospital on Sunday, took to social media and claimed that his indefinite hunger strike was getting support from all over the state and so far more than 3,000 people had shaved off their heads in support. 

He also said that fasts have been undertaken in 4,670 villages in the state.

Patel is demanding reservation for Patidars in jobs and education. He is also demanding loan waiver for farmers. Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), of which he is the convener, is also demanding that its member Alpesh Kathiria be released. He has been arrested on the charges of sedition slapped on him two years ago.

Patel appealed to those doing fast to stop and said that his wish is that people fight for their fundamental rights.

Meanwhile, the much talked about proposed meeting between Patidar organisations and the state government has not happened so far. 

A couple of days ago, Naresh Patel, chairman of Khodaldham, a socio-religious organisation of the Patidars, had claimed that they would hold a meeting with the state government to bring about a solution to the issue. 

Before meeting the state government, representatives of Patidar organisations were to hold a meeting. 

The Gujarat government has time and again clarified that reservation is not possible and has claimed that it has floated schemes for those not in the reserved category. It has also a set up a commission with a budgetary allocation of Rs 500 crore.