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Congress's quota promise not feasible, say six Patidar outfits

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 6, 2017
URL:   https://m.timesofindia.com/india/congresss-quota-promise-not-feasible-say-six-patidar-outfits/articleshow/61939775.cms

Patidar Organisation Committee (POC), a forum of six influential religious and social institutions of Patels, said on Tuesday the job reservation promise made to the community by Congress in its manifesto released on Monday is not at all feasible.

The six POC members said they have sought legal opinion on the Congress-Hardik formula for Patidar reservation and the legal eagles ruled out the possibility of its implementation.

Members of POC are Umiya Mataji Sansthan, Unjha; Khodaldham, Kagvad; Sardardham, Ahmedabad; Vishwa Umiya Foundation, Ahmedabad; Samast Patidar Samaj, Surat; and Umiya Mata Sansthan, Sidsar.

R P Patel, co-convener of POC and founder of Vishwa Umiya Foundation, said, "We have sought the opinion of leading Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve on Congress promise of reservation to Patidars under Article 31(C) and other sections over and above the 49% cap. Salve, in a detailed written response to us, has said that any kind of reservation above the 49% limit in any manner is not constitutionally valid.
So, it's an attempt by the political party (Congress) and Hardik Patel to misguide the community in the name of reservation."

Hansraj Gajera, a trustee of Khodaldham, said the ongoing agitation is being run by only a few individuals.

"After meeting our chairman Nareshbhai Patel, Hardik Patel claimed his support which is not true. Leaders of all political parties visit Khodaldham temple and anyone can meet Nareshbhai. It's wrong to misuse his photo for personal gains," Patel said.

C K Patel, another member of POS, said, "Hardik cannot ask the Patidars to vote for a particular party or oppose a particular party. The crowds in Hardik rallies consist of non-Patidars also.

Now, you won't find the Patidar quota demand in banners at his meetings. He is calling his rallies as farmers' rally etc.. which reveals his intention."
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