MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) chief Hardik Patel, who is fasting as a mark of protest against the government for the past eight days at his house, had consumed water from the hands of Swaminarayan seer SP Swami from Gadhada, on Saturday.

Hardik had stopped consuming water too for the past two days and on Friday the Swaminarayan sect saint had visited Hardik and urged him to have water. Hardik is still steadfast in his fast and has not consumed any food. Hardik had broken down into tears upon meeting the saint and said that he was upset that his fast had forced the revered saint to visit him.

The young Patidar community leader is fasting since August 25 seeking reservation for his community and loan waivers for the farmers of Gujarat. Prior to his fast, Hardik had claimed that the state government is not granting him permission to hold fast in a public spot in the city and thus decided from his house. The government has instructed that a team from Sola Civil Hospital visit Hardik twice daily to check up on his health.

Due to the fast, Hardik’s health is believed to be deteriorating and is possibly suffering from some kidney infection.

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