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Withdrawal of Patidar cases: too little too late?

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Withdrawal of Patidar cases: too little too late?

The Patidar community leaders seem to have rejected the olive branch extended by the state govt on Wednesday.

“The decision by the state govt to withdraw political cases against us is a clear admission that these cases were fake and hurled at us just to weaken the movement. Withdrawing these cases do not undo the injustice meted to us all these months,” Patidar leader Hardik Patel told NewsCode.

According to the Patidar leader, the movement will not be called off at anything short of a full judicial inquiry against the excesses done to the Patidar activists.

“Only a thorough and impartial inquiry will bring out the names of people who were involved in abuse of state machinery to illegally harass our fellow activists, these are some very big names and you will be surprised if they ever come out,” Patel said.

Sources told NewsCode that the Patidar delegation had clearly stated its reservations to the Dy CM Nitin Patel in accepting simple withdrawal of cases as the ground for calling the agitation off.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress is enthused by the Patidar support it received during the visit of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Saurashtra.

“People are fed up with 22 year reign of BJP. It’s time to take revenge of atrocities committed against Patidars,” says Gujarat Congress chief Bharat Solanki

Notably, Rahul Gandhi met Naresh Patel in Rajkot and discussed the various socio-political issues of the state and Patidars. Naresh Patel is regarded as one of the tallest non-political Leuva Patel leaders in Saurashtra. The community influences electoral outcome in as many as 35 of 58 seats in the belt. Interestingly in 2012, the then CM Narendra Modi had met Naresh Patel ahead of the election and the latter had extended his support to the BJP.

The ruling party is keeping a close watch on the situations and is likely to come up with a more effective proposal for the agitating Patidars in the next few days.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said: “Police cases will be withdrawn against Patidar youths wherever the government can do so. The government will also consider formation of a separate commission for the welfare of non-reserved communities including Patidars.”