New Delhi, Feb 24: Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel said that he does not consider Congress President Rahul Gandhi as his leader but want Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Vadra to enter politics. Priyanka Gandhi is married to businessman Robert Vadra.Also Read - BMC's Latest Sero-Survey Report Finds Over 86% of Mumbai's Population Have COVID-19 Antibodies

Speaking at an event in Mumbai, Patel said, “I like Rahul Gandhi at a personal level, but I do not consider him as a leader because he is not my leader. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should join active politics.” Patel also announced that he will not contest next Lok Sabha elections despite he has attained the age of 25 years. The Patidar leader had closely worked with Congress during Gujarat assembly polls 2017. Also Read - Ganapati Bappa In IPS Avatar: Mumbai Police Portrays Lord Ganesha As Police Officer, Call Him 'India's Premier Security'

He claimed that if the Congress had supported his movement then BJP’s tally in the Gujarat Assembly polls would have been 60 seats and not 99. The Congress had bagged 77 seats in the 182-member House. Also Read - Gurajat Cabinet: CM Bhupendra Patel Keeps Home Ministry, Kanubhai Desai Gets Finance | Full List Here

Patel, who had campaigned through the state against the BJP, is widely seen to have contributed to the BJP’s victory. And he hadn’t shied away from taking credit. Pate is an Indian social political activist who participated and led the Patidar reservation agitation for the inclusion of the Patidar caste in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category in order to qualify for reserved quotas in education and government jobs.

PATIDAR RESERVATION AGITATION

In July 2015 Patidar youth, many of whom are surnamed Patel, started public demonstrations across Gujarat demanding OBC status for their community, which would entitle Patidars to a reserved quota of places in government jobs and education.

They were supported by Sardar Patel Sevadal, an organisation for community service, and they formed the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) for this purpose, headed by Hardik Patel. The organisation described itself as apolitical.  The agitation started in Mehsana on 6 July 2015, and a demonstration was held in Mansa on 22 July.

The demonstration in Visnagar on 23 July turned violent when some agitators torched some vehicles and vandalised the office of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Rishikesh Patel. Demonstrations were held in Vijapur and Mehsana on 28 July. The police booked 152 persons for violating prohibitory orders by holding the demonstration. On 30 July there were demonstrations in Lunavada.