Hardik Patel writes to Gujarat CM, asks Patel leaders to speak with restraint
Jailed quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday handed over a letter in a sealed cover to Patel leaders who are working as mediators between agitators and the government.
Ahmedabad: Jailed quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday handed over a letter in a sealed cover to Patel leaders who are working as mediators between agitators and the government, asking them to deliver it to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.
Hardik handed the letter in a sealed cover so its content was not known, said Mahesh Savani, one of the mediators.
Savani and another mediator, Mukesh Patel met Hardik at Lajpore jail in Surat.
"After our meeting with the ministers at Gandhinagar, we met Hardik in jail today at Surat. He gave his nod to continue peace talks with government and handed over this letter," he said.
Apart from this letter, Hardik handed over an open letter for members of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) which has been leading the agitation for reservation for Patels under the OBC quota.
"In this letter, Hardik has asked PAAS members to refrain from making irresponsible statements before the media as it adversely affects the agitation and vitiates the peaceful atmosphere in the state. He warned PAAS members not to make any statement which can help BJP or Congress," said Savani.
Hardik has also named PAAS conveners who are authorised to give statements to the media, he said.
Meanwhile, Congress MLAs Harshad Ribadiya and Mahesh Patel on Wednesday visited Lalji Patel, president of another agitating Patel outfit, Sardar Patel Group, at a hospital in Mehsana.
Lalji was admitted to ICU at the hospital after he was injured while "courting arrest" agitation on 17 April.
However, Patel said there was no substance in such claims. He said that on Sunday, he left the party office only after taking permission from the BJP's Gujarat in-charge Bhupender Yadav.
"My government brought in several laws with strict provisions. Be it the law to save cows from slaughter, the law to stop land grabbing, or the law to punish those involved in chain-snatching," he said.
The newly sworn-in cabinet will hold its first meeting at 4.30 pm today with the cheif minister and portfolio distribution is likely to be announced in another couple of days.