In a major storm, Patidar leader Hardik Patel today to sit on an indefinite strike from today even after the authorities denied him permission on Friday.
Three years ago, clashes broke out during the quota protests led by Hardik Patel on August 25, 2015, leading to the death of 14 people and large-scale destruction of public property.
Gandhinagar Collector S K Langa on Friday denied Patel the permission to hold the fast at Satyagrah Chhavni area.
Meanwhile, the city sessions court is expected to announce its verdict on Monday on a government plea seeking cancellation of Patel’s anticipatory bail in a rioting case.
Speaking to the reporters on Friday in the wake of these two developments, Patel said that he would proceed with the fast in jail, in the event of the court cancelling his bail, or at home if government authorities deny him a venue for the protest.
“If the court cancels my bail than I am ready to go to jail. I will sit on a hunger strike in jail. I am not afraid of the BJP government or of going behind bars. I am not going to drop my plans out of any intimidation,” Patel told reporters in Ahmedabad.
Hitting out at the state government, he said, “I am not being allotted a venue (for the fast) because the government is afraid of me. I will sit on a hunger strike at my house if need be. However, attempts are being made to stop me from sitting on fast at my house.”