New Delhi: Extending his support to Gujarat’s Patidar leader Hardik Patel, whose hunger strike entered the 10th day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the farm loans of farmers must be waived off. Taking it to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, Kejriwal said, “ The farm loan of the farmers must be waived off. Hardik Patel is fighting for the cause of farmers. Entire farmer and society are with him. His hard work would not go in vein. Let God give him strength.”
The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader is on fast to press for his demand for reservations to the Patidars, loan waiver for farmers and release of his aide Alpesh Kathiria, who is in jail on sedition charges.
Hardik Patel had launched his hunger strike on the third anniversary of his mega pro-quota rally in Ahmedabad that had turned violent. The 25-year-old had on August 24 given up drinking water.
The quota leader had also divided his property among his parents, a sister, 14 youths killed during the quota agitation in 2015 and a’ Panjrapole’ (shelter for ill and old cows) near his village.
Leaders and representatives from various political parties, including the Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, and Rashtriya Janata Dal, have visited the 25-year-old quota spearhead in the last nine days, the BJP government has so far not intervened.
A doctor from a government hospital who visited Hardik Patel today said he has advised the quota leader to get admitted to the hospital considering his health.
On Sunday, Patel sent back a government medical team in protest against the police baton charge on his supporters during the day.
(With agency inputs)