Published On : Tue, Nov 14th, 2017

Satisfied with Congress options on reservation: Hardik

Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel on Monday expressed satisfaction over the three options given by the Congress on how the party would grant reservation to Patels if voted to power and said the community leaders will take a final call by Tuesday.

After studying various documents related to reservation given by the Congress earlier, Hardik claimed that it was a misconception that reservation cannot go beyond 50 per cent.

These options, backed by various provisions in the Constitution and past judgments by the Supreme Court, were submitted to the members of Hardik-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti on November 8 by senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal as part of party’s promise that it would grant reservation to the community if voted to power.

“I held a detailed discussion with core PAAS members about the options given to us by Congress. After going through various documents and judgements, I now firmly believe that their formula is right. It is a misconception that reservation cannot go beyond 50 per cent,” Hardik said.

He said it is not written anywhere in the Constitution that quota cannot go beyond 50 per cent.

Citing some past judgments by the Supreme Court, Hardik said the apex court had given contradictory judgments about reservation.

Hardik had earlier set a condition that he would support the Congress in the assembly elections, due next month, only if the party committed itself to allotting reservation in education and government jobs to his community.

The polling for the two-phase elections in Gujarat will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18.