Meet the ‘Patel’ who is just 22 years old, has 5 lakh supporters and demands reservation. Hardik Patel is asking a demand to be fulfilled by all the parties of India. His father is a BJP leader but he has made his space in Indian politics on his own.
At least half a million protesters paralysed Ahmedabad, on Tuesday to demand preferential treatment for their Patidar caste and their stir turned violent later in the day after a brief detention of their leader Hardik Patel.
On a day packed with high drama, the 22-year-old Hardik, who has been spearheading the Patel community’s agitation for reservations, was detained by Gujarat Police for launching a hunger strike after a rally was conducted at the GMDC ground without permission.
Nearly 20,000 security personnel were deployed in Ahmedabad for Tuesday’s rally and roads within a two-kilometre radius of the venue were closed to traffic.