Ahead of Gujarat election, BJP goes all out to win Patidar-OBC support

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The BJP is preparing to allot a substantial number of tickets to Patidars in Gujarat, a move aimed at blocking any shift to the opposition Congress.

The community, which constitutes about 14% of the state’s population and has been traditionally loyal to the BJP, has been on the boil over its demand for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions. Hardik Patel, a young Patidar at the forefront of the stir, has met Congress leaders and is likely to join hands with the opposition party.

BJP sources sought to play down the significance of Hardik’s move, claiming that the community was loyal and did not desert the party even at the peak of a revolt by one of its tallest leaders — former chief minister Keshubhai Patel, a Leuva Patidar.

Leuvas constitute t


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