A day after Hardik Patel's plea seeking suspension of his conviction in a rioting case was rejected by the Gujarat High Court, the Congress leader claimed the credit for the recent landmark move by the government to grant 10 percent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education.
Speaking to news agency ANI in New Delhi on Saturday, Hardik Patel was being questioned about hurdle in his Lok Sabha contest after Gujarat HC refused to stay on rioting case conviction, wherein he went onto claim that if he can ensure '10 percent reservation' for people, he can change things in time.
"I have been campaigning for the past 3 years. If a 25-year-old guy can go in the Parliamentary assembly and raise the voice of the public, without being on the post, if he can ensure the 10 percent reservation for the nation, he can do a lot with the time," Hardik Patel said in an interview.
On January 9, the Rajya Sabha approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 percent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education with the government terming the landmark move as 'slog over sixes'. The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the law with 165 voting in favour and 7 against.
Meanwhile, Gujarat HC rejecting Hardik Patel’s plea narrows down his chances of electoral debut in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, in a major setback to the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party.
Under the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a convict facing a jail term of two years or more cannot contest elections unless the conviction is stayed.
Ahead of joining Congress earlier in March, Hardik Patel-led the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti in 2015 for protests demanding 'Other Backward Class' status and 27% reservation in government jobs and education for the Patel community, due to which the Gujarat Police had filed a sedition case against him. He had also spent nine months in jail for the same from October 2015 to July 2016.
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