Gujarat Assembly polls : Hardik Patel says Congress has accepted Patidar's demands

Gujarat Assembly polls : Hardik Patel says Congress has accepted Patidar's demands

Asserting that the Government would be holding a full-fledged winter session of the Parliament later, Jaitley said, "We do not know about our opponents, we have a lot of stake in the election in Gujarat".

However, a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court had held in 2007 that the insertion of a law in the Ninth Schedule will not save it from being struck down if, on judicial scrutiny, the law is found to be violating fundamental rights.

With Hardik extending his support to the Congress, the party has been able to rope in three young caste group leaders in the state whose emergence on Gujarats political firmament had roots in agitations.

The party will bring in a legislation in the state Assembly on reservations for Patidars, Patel told the media in Ahmedabad. The PAAS leader also claimed that the BJP was trying to "buy them off". "They (Hardik Patel and Congress) can continue to mutually deceive each other and the public by saying that they will devise a methodology of breaching the cap". The BJP veteran leader warned Hardik that a day will come when people of the Patidar community would teach him a lesson for "playing with their sentiments". "All we can share with you is that Congress and PAAS will work together to remove 22 years of misrule of BJP", he said. On Monday, PAAS supporters ransacked Congress offices in Surat after the party declared its first list of candidates. "Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31, and provisions of section 46", he said.

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He said PAAS members who had already filed nominations ceased to be members of the outfit. On the 50 per cent reservation cap set by the Supreme Court, he said it is just a "suggestion" and nowhere in the Constitution is it written that reservation can not exceed the current limit.

Hitting out at Hardik Patel for declaring support to Congress, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the formula of reservation above the cap set by Supreme Court was something "offered by fools and also accepted by fools".

"First we have to fight elections and win".

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