Back from an exile after six months, Patel icon Hardik Patel, has started an outreach toward his community. Away from the state, back in action he had to make a point.
Rahul Gandhi's rally on Wednesday in Mehsana is a signal that the party wants to cash in on the absence of youth icon Hardik Patel who had spearheaded the Patidar agitation last year.
The stinky politics of Gujarat: Patel agitation, Dalit protests and BJP infighting is pulling party apart
While Dalits have kept up the attack since the Una incident in Gujarat, Patidars have not relented even a year after their leader Hardik Patel was incarcerated and other activists booked by police under various charges. To add to the double trouble, infighting within the various satraps is threatening to pull the BJP apart.
A mass gathering of the Patidar community members on 25 August last year had turned violent.
Hardik Patel has hinted he may join politics if his community wants, following which all opposition parties in Gujarat are trying to woo the Patel quota agitation spearhead to join them, apparently with an eye on the state Assembly polls next year.
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel praised jailed Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel, saying he has "brought the community together".
A local court on Friday remanded the Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel in judicial custody while rejecting further remand application of the police in connection with the case of sedition filed against him for allegedly advising a youth to kill policemen.
Defusing the Patel bomb: Gujarat govt placates Patidars with Rs 1,000 cr package for 'weaker sections'
In a bid to puncture the agitation led by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) fighting for reservations for Patels, the Gujarat government on Thursday declared an economic package of Rs 1,000 crore for all economically backward classes.
Gujarat police arrests Hardik Patel for defying prohibitory orders, mobile internet banned across state
Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel was arrested on Saturday night in Surat for defying prohibitory orders even as Gujarat administration banned mobile Internet services across the state.
Patel quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel's fresh drive to muster the support of MLAs of to his community on Monday ran into police resistance as he was stopped from meeting local MLA Vallabh Kakadia in Ahmedabad.
Patidar quota agitation: Hardik Patel remains defiant as Gujarat govt denies nod to 'reverse Dandi march'
Gujarat government on Saturday denied permission to Hardik Patel's "reverse Dandi march" over the Patel quota issue, less than a fortnight after violence erupted during his stir claiming 10 lives, but the defiant leader vowed to carry out the protest programme on Sunday.
Over 200 Patel community leaders were on Thursday asked by the police to vacate a plot in the city where they had gathered to discuss the future course of action with regard to the ongoing agitation for OBC status.
Hardik Patel arrives in Delhi with designs on turning his Patidar agitation into a national movement
Now that Hardik Patel has decided to step out of Gujarat, ahead of a a mammoth rally in the heart of Delhi next month, we will soon know whose his real friends and foes are
Hardik Patel landed in Delhi to meet representatives of the Jat and Gujjar communities, along with members of his own community, in Delhi to turn his agitation into a nationwide stir. Also on Hardik's agenda is a mammoth rally in the heart of Delhi next month