Jamshedpur: Hardik Patel, who has been leading Patel community protests across Gujarat, on Sunday announced his support to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ahead of the approaching Assembly polls in the state saying that JD-U leader belongs to his community.
“Kumar is a good chief minister and belongs to our community. Hence, we will support him in the election,” he said. The Assembly polls in Bihar are scheduled to kick start next month.
The ‘grand alliance’ of JD-U, RJD and Congress is fighting against a coalition of BJP, LJP, RLSP and HAM in Bihar.
In the steel city to participate in ‘Karma Mahotsav’, Hardik also spoke about the quota agitation he is spearheading and vowed to take it to its “logical end”.
Following the announcement by Gujarat government of a package for the economically-backward category, Hardik said that what had been offered was a ‘lollipop’ even as he maintained that reservation should be on the basis of caste alone.
Hardik, convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), had announced on Friday that he would launch a “lollipop movement” to register displeasure over the package.
He also sought review of reservation policies in India in the last six decades.
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“Review of reservation should be done on development front and not for its abrogation… We should review it for seeing how to develop the communities,” he said.
Hardik doesn’t feel that reservation should be given on the basis of economically poor, irrespective of caste, as he said that quotas should be given on the basis of caste.
When asked about the development of Gujarat in the Chief Ministership of Narendra Modi, he remarked that over past one and a half decade, the rich had become richer and poor poorer.
Talking about his visit to the steel city, the PAAS convener claimed that he has come to know that the problems of Kurmis were very much similar to that of his Patel community. Hardik said he wants Kurmis to be included in the ST category instead of the present OBC.
On being asked if he had any political ambitions, Patel remarked, “only time will tell”, but added that, for now, he is just concentrating on motivating the youth of his community to contest elections as Patels did not have adequate representation.