Hardik Patel denies secret meeting with Robert Vadra, tells ex-aide Dinesh Bambhania to prove claims

Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday denied meeting Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi.

PTI December 13, 2017 19:38:21 IST
Hardik Patel denies secret meeting with Robert Vadra, tells ex-aide Dinesh Bambhania to prove claims

Ahmedabad: Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday denied meeting Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi.

Patel's former aide Dinesh Bambhania had on Tuesday claimed that the Patidar leader had a secret meeting with Vadra in Delhi.

Bambhania had also alleged that Patel was "misleading" the core committee members of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), which is spearheading the quota agitation, regarding his meeting with Rahul Gandhi in October.

Hardik Patel denies secret meeting with Robert Vadra tells exaide Dinesh Bambhania to prove claims

File image of Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel. PTI

Patel, as well as the Congress, had denied that such a meeting ever took place.

"Bambhania was a member of the PAAS core committee, which had met with leaders from both the BJP and the Congress. It was he, who had gone to Delhi with the other members of the committee. I was never part of that team. So, how can I meet Vadra?" Patel wondered.

"He (Bambhania) can even lie like (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi tomorrow and say that I had met (former Pakistani prime minister) Nawaz Sharif. I did not meet Vadra and so, there is no question of making any secret deal with him," he told reporters.

"If he (Bambhania) says he has CCTV footage, he is free to release it to the media," the Patidar leader said.

Questioning Patel's open support to the Congress in the ongoing Gujarat Assembly elections, when the manifesto of the party was not clear about how would it give reservations to Patidars under the OBC quota, Bambhania had asked, "Under what secret understanding is Hardik appealing to the people to vote for the Congress?"

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