The overwhelming response received by Rahul Gandhi among the Patidars in Gujarat has got the state government re-think its strategy. Sources say that the Patidar movement leader Hardik Patel could meet Congress Vice President at Rajkot on Wednesday. Possibilities of an open alignment of Patidars with Congress has sent the state government in a panic mode. To counter this, the Vijay Rupani led government is likely to make some big announcements on Wednesday to pacify Patidars in the state.
Notably, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani called an emergency meeting of the state- core group on Tuesday to assess the Patidar situation and take corrective measures. Following the core group meeting, the state Dy CM Nitin Patel met a Patidar delegation. The meeting was not received favourably by the Patidars, and was marred by anti-state government slogans.
Following the developments of Tuesday, the state government cabinet is meeting on Wednesday, with the aim to make concrete announcements addressed at Patidars. “The two announcements likely to be made are the constitution of a Suvarna Aayog and withdrawal of cases against Patidar activists,” a senior functionary in Gujarat government told Newsd.