New Delhi: Gujarat Patidar’s leader Hardik Patel was on Friday rushed to hospital after he complained of difficulty in breathing. Patel was admitted to the Government Civil Hospital in Sola for two weeks. The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader is on indefinite fast for last 14 days.
His associates in the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), who had given a 24-hour ultimatum till Thursday to the Bharatiya Janata Party government to hold negotiations with him and stated that Patel would give up water, rushed him to the hospital. The 25-year-old leader has lost over 20 kg in the past two weeks. His kidney and liver had been affected by his continuous fast, PAAS leader Manoj Panara told reporters.
Hardik Patel 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.
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, the BJP government has so far not intervened. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had also extended his support to him.
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.
On August 19, police had detained Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel from his residence, hours before he could undertake strike. He was to hold the day-long dharna in protest against the government not giving him permission for his indefinite fast demanding reservation for his community in government jobs and educational institutions under OBC quota and loan waiver to farmers.