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 I voted for Modi in 2014 but I oppose him now with dadagiri, says Hardik Patel at India Today Conclave


I voted for Modi in 2014 but I oppose him now with dadagiri, says Hardik Patel at India Today Conclave

Last Updated on : 10 Mar,2018 | Source : Universal News Timeline

New Delhi:
In an engaging session --"The Young Turks: The Future of Identity Politics"-- on Day 2 of India Today Conclave 2018 in Mumbai today, young Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel said despite having supported Narendra Modi when he was the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, he now opposes his government openly.
Hardik Patel said, "I oppose Modi openly. I don't do it in hiding. And, I do it with dadagiri. But there is a reason behind it. I voted for him when he was running for prime minister because I thought the youth will get job, farmers will not suffer."

"But what happened with people in Gujarat? Innocent people were killed. Sedition charges were slapped. Today, [I] have to appear before the court twice a month. So, I oppose the government and do it openly," said Hardik Patel, who had spent months in jail and was externed from Gujarat after the then Anandiben Patel government booked him under sedition charges following violence during Patidar movement in the state.

Hardik Patel also accused the BJP of double speak and playing communal politics. "I go to places and I don't think any Hindu or any Muslim is in danger. When Modi became Gujarat CM, he openly identified himself as a Hindu and phrases like Mia Musharraf were used in the state election."

"During [Lok Sabha] election campaign, he talked about his caste and OBC background. After becoming the prime minister he talks about unity of Hindu and Muslim. A political game is being played here. Earlier, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the tallest leader of the BJP, Advani talked about Hindutva. He would take out rath yatras in the whole country. And, Atalji talked about harmony."

"Atalji retired and Advani took his place. Advani then started talking about equality between Hindus and Muslism. At that time, Modi was flying the Hindutva flag in Gujarat. Today, Modi is in power, he talks about harmony and unity of Hindus and Muslims, then Yogi [Adityanath] in Uttar Pradesh says that he is a Hindu and does not celebrate Eid," Hardik Patel said.

Besides Hardik Patel, former students' union president of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Kanhaiya Kumar, former JNU students' union vice-president Shehla Rashid, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha national media in-charge Rohit Chahal and right-wing columnist Shubhrastha participated in the discussion centred on identity politics among the youth.

Responding to the charges levelled by Hardik Patel, Rohit Chahal alleged that the Patidar leader spent nearly Rs 10 crore on his sister's wedding while just three years ago they claimed to have no money for her education. Chahal also accused Hardik Patel of "selling the Patidar movement to [Congress president] Rahul Gandhi" during Gujarat Assembly election.

Participating in the debate, Kanhaiya Kumar said that the BJP and leaders associated with its various wings resort to personal attacks as they "don't have answers at the ideological level".

Shubhrastha responded to the charge saying that the communist ideology has been rejected by the people. "The Left is confined to just one state in Kerala," she said.

Shehla Rashid said the Modi government is not serious about women's reservation bill providing for 33 per cent seats for women in legislatures. She also alleged that that "a BJP cabinet minister from Jammu and Kashmir attended a rally in support of a rapist" who was accused of assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

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