Lucknow: Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday said that he will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections at a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city Lucknow. Patel had said in December 2017 that he would think about contesting the elections in the next two or three years.

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader had said, “Bhaiyya, abhi umar toh hone do (let me come of age first).”

Earlier too, he had said, “Constitutionally speaking, I can’t contest the election and I don’t need to, in the first place.” “Although I believe we must unite against BJP, this isn’t a BJP-Congress election but of 6 crore people of Gujarat,” he had said.

Though Patel did not announce the name of the seat from where he will contest the election but it is expected that the Patidar leader would contest either from Amreli or Mehsana – both in Gujarat. On a related note, Patel is set to receive support from Congress because the party had already announced to back the Patidar leader if he plans to contest the election.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki had said in 2017 that his party would offer a ticket to Hardik if he decides to take the political plunge.

On a related note, Patel married his childhood friend Kinjal Parikh last month in Digsar village of Muli taluka in Surendranagar district of Gujarat. After getting hitched, Hardik had said, “This is the beginning of a second innings of my family life. My resolution will be to ensure everyone gets equal opportunity. The demand that men and women should get equal rights will continue; I promise my wife the same, together we will fight for ‘Navnirman’ of the country.”

He had said, “Our (collective) resolution is to fight collectively…for the truth, for the people and for equal rights.”