Hardik Patel Declares ‘Will’ on 9th day of indefinite hunger strike demanding reservation

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel unveiled ‘will’, entering the ninth day of indefinite hunger strike demanding OBC reservation for his Patidar community and farm loan waiver. He has given up food since August 25.

PAAS convenor Manoj Panara reportedly said, “It is possible that in the next 24 to 48 hours, he might not be able to in a position to speak or walk. So, he has timely declared his will.”

Patel and other PAAS leaders fear that his health may deteriorate as the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state government has not responded to his demands.

Patel in his will named his parents and sister, a gaushala (cow shelter) and the kin of the 14 youths who died during the quota agitation in 2015 as his inheritors.

“He has declared Rs 50,000 in cash in an Axis Bank account, a life insurance policy and a car,” said Panara.

Panara added, “He has declared that Rs 20,000 will go to his parents and the rest to a gaushala in Virpur near Rajkot city.”

Congress leadership have visited Hardik at his Ahmedabad residence – Green Wood Resort – while, leaders and representatives of Nationalist Congress Party and Rashtriya Janata Dal, and Aam Aadmi Party have visited Patel and extended their support to him. The state government has not intervened in the matter yet.