The 50% reservation cap can not be breached, says Arun Jaitley
- Author: Ryan Wade Nov 23, 2017,
Nov 23, 2017, 0:27
So what new is the Congress offering that Hardik wants to support it?"asked his former aide Reshma Patel who joined the BJP last month".
"From the statements that I have seen so far, the Congress-Hardik club is one of mutual deception". On the other side, Kapil Sibal just said that Congress received a proposal from PAAS. Therefore, now the Hardik Patel supporting Congress for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections.
Citing various Supreme Court judgements, the BJP leader said it was not possible to exceed the cap set by the apex court. However, he did not say about PAAS alliance with the Congress.
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Comprising 12% of Gujarat's population and with potential influence over 60-odd of the state's 182 assembly seats, Patels have traditionally voted for the BJP but are angry over being denied quotas in jobs and education.
He said his outfit has never appealed anyone to vote for the Congress Party; but since the latter is talking about the rights of the Partidars, the voting decision will be left to the people.
"Everything will be reveals clear in front of the people after the survey takes place, althrough the Congress also have to put their reservation formula with brief details in their manifesto", Hardik Patel said. On Monday, PAAS supporters ransacked Congress offices in Surat after the party declared its first list of candidates.
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The "Vikas gando thayo chhe" campaign became a huge hit on social media and provided potent ammunition for PAAS and Congress to question the BJP's claims on development in Gujarat.
The Patidar leader also added that the said formula is not only applicable to the Patidar community, implying it could be extended to others demanding the same. "In my opinion, this formula of reservation is a big joke", Patel told reporters in Ahmedabad. Patel, however, denied they had asked for tickets.
"First we have to fight elections and win".
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"Therefore, in election only those promises can be made to each other and to public which are capable of implementation".