“I will try to convince Hardik Patel to end fast agitation”, says Khodaldham chief Naresh Patel

“I will try to convince Hardik Patel to end fast agitation”, says Khodaldham chief Naresh Patel

“I will try to convince Hardik Patel to end fast agitation”, says Khodaldham chief Naresh Patel

In a significant development, Khodaldham chairman Naresh Patel agreed to mediate between Hardik Patel and the state government late on Thursday, boosting chances of a breakthrough to the deadlock which has been continuing for the past 13 days.

Widely respected, and one of the most influential non-political Leuva Patel community leaders, Naresh Patel expressed willingness to mediate between the two sides in a bid to break the impasse.

“If both PAAS (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti) and the state government want, I am ready to mediate in the community’s interest,” Patel said. PAAS was the first to react to the offer, saying they described Naresh Patel as “our elder and community leader”.