MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: Seeking a survey of Patidar community in Gujarat on the lines of a similar one conducted in Maharashtra for Marathas, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti convener Hardik Patel has threatened of another agitation if the community is not granted reservation in the state.

If the Marathas in Maharashtra can be given reservation, why can’t the Patidars get it in Gujarat?, questioned Patel, adding that a survey similar to one conducted in Maharashtra should be carried out in Gujarat too by the OBC Commission for Patidars and grant them the reservation they’re seeking.

He further questioned the government’s claim that Patidars cannot be granted reservation as per the constitutional laws and said if that is the case, then how come the Marathas were given reservation in Maharashtra. “The commission in its report accepted that the Marathas are indeed backward, thus making it easier for them to get reservation and that a bill will be tabled in this regards in the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha to pass a law for the same. If anyone challenges the law, the commission’s report will be presented as a counter to it. Why the same can’t be done in Gujarat’s case too. Just like Maharashtra, there is BJP rule in the state and the centre too,” said Hardik.

The Maharashtra government has decided to increase the current 27 percent OBC quota to accommodate the Marathas in it. Claiming that the state governments have a right to increase or reduce the reservation quota, Hardik said the Gujarat government must follow the steps of Maharashtra and conduct a survey of the community and then provide them reservation, failing which he will start another agitation in the state.

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