Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], Nov. 22 (ANI): Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Wednesday said the Congress party is misleading Hardik Patel, the convenor of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) in the name of reservation.
The Deputy Chief Minister's remark came after the Patidar leader claimed that the Congress party has agreed to give reservation to the Patidar community, if the party comes to power in Gujarat.
Nitin said that Hardik has not discussed about alliance with the Congress Party with the members of Patidar community.
"Hardik Patel is aware that over 50 percent reservation is not possible. In the name of reservation, Congress has given a 'lollipop' to Hardik. He should not mislead the people," the Deputy chief Minister said while addressing a press conference here.
"A fool made a request and another fool accepted it, and they say others are fool," he added.
"Draft has been prepared between us and the Congress. Formula is not restricted to Patidar community alone," he added.
On that note, the Patidars constitute 16 percent of the state population and play an important role in swinging the voters' mood. The Congress is counting on the Patidar votes to sway the election results of Gujarat polls in their favour and uproot the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been in power since 1995 in the state. (ANI)