Surendranagar: Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel married his childhood friend Kinjal Parikh on Sunday in Digsar village of Muli taluka in Surendranagar district of Gujarat.

Stating that he along with his wife will continue fighting for the interests of the society, Hardik 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 added, “Our (collective) resolution is to fight collectively…for the truth, for the people and for equal rights.”

The Patidar reservation movement leader got hitched in a traditional ceremony. Around 100 guests who are very close to both the families were reportedly invited for the marriage ceremony. The reception will be in Ahmedabad.

Reportedly, Hardik got engaged in 2016 when he was lodged in Surat jail in connection with a sedition case against him. His wife, Kinjal, who lives with her family in Surat, is originally from Veeramgam, Ahmedabad. She was a classmate of Hardik’s sister Monika. Kinjal, who graduated in commerce stream from a college in Kadi Taluka of Mehsana district, currently pursuing Law degree from Gandhinagar.

Recently, at West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s ‘United India’ rally the Patidar leader called upon people to fulfil her desire in its true spirit to save the country and democracy. While addressing the huge rally at the historic Brigade Parade Ground, Patel had said that all non-BJP parties have united here to defeat the BJP government.

“We must save our country and democracy for the welfare of the nation,” he had said. Stating that the opposition parties are fighting against “thieves”, Patel said while Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had given a call to fight against the ‘goro’ (Britishers), “we are fighting against choro (thieves).”