The media has elevated Hardik Patel as some future leader of Gujarat and is portraying as if this anarchist will defeat a well-established BJP that has ruled the state successfully for decades, solely on the basis of his promise of reservation. But the reality on ground is very different. Not only are his aides quitting and joining BJP regularly but even Patidar organizations are exposing him.
Something similar happened on Tuesday. Leaders of ten big Patidar organizations got together and termed the promise of reservation in Congress’s manifesto a lie. They said that when something isn’t possible then why it is being mentioned by the Congress in its manifesto.
Vishwa Umiya Sansthan’s coordinator RP Patel says that lawyer Harish Salve has cleared that the reservation that Congress and Hardik Patel are promising is impossible. He goes on to ask Hardik that as this reservation isn’t constitutionally possible then why is he acting on behalf of the Congress. He even went on to say that the youth who’ve been fooled by Hardik will be brought back to their senses for which he and other Patidar organizations are working.
These organizations have detached themselves from Hardik Patel saying that his is no more a social movement, instead it has become a political and personal one. It was also indicated by the organizations that initially they were disappointed with the BJP but now all is fine. It has become clear that a large segment of the society is standing with the BJP and as the election nears, the situation is changing in favor of the BJP. This is the truth as by late October and early November the campaigning was dominated by Congress and its three lackeys.
The Patidar Patel community is divided into two – Leuva and Kadva. Other than this, there also are Kachi Patel, Kachiya Patel and Koli Patel.
The Leuva and Kadva Patel communities don’t have ties with each other and their local leadership is separate as well.
Kadva Patel dominated areas are – Rajkot, Junagarh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Kutch, Mehsana, Patan and Palanpur.
Leuva Patel dominated areas include – Surat, Anand, Kheda, Gondal, Jetpur, Mehsana, Morbi and some areas of Surendranagar.
The divisive politics that Congress is playing might just prove to be very costly as people of Gujarat won’t accept caste politics over development that they’ve witnessed.