On the topic of 'Future of the political surge' in India, BJP leader Anurag Thakur, Patidar community leader Hardik Patel and Srinagar Municipal Corporation Mayor Junaid Matto addressed the crowd gathering on the second day of the inaugural Republic Summit.
Speaking on a number of topics, ranging from Hardik's fight for reservation to the youths of Kashmir to the fight for 2019, all the three leaders put forth their point of view in front of a packed crowd.
The discussion began with Hardik and Anurag Thakur having their say on the Patidar community's movement for reservation. Anurag Thakur began by stating that while people, especially youths, have a right to speak their minds democracy, it is important that they stay on the right path, unlike Hardik, who in his fight for reservation went ahead and took the support of the Congress party.
Hardik responded by stating that his motive behind his agitation wasn't reservation, but it was for the fight to get good education, jobs for his community. He went onto mention that should these issues be taken care of, he will stop his protests against the government.
Following this, the issue of Kashmiri youth came into the forefront. Junai Matto, former National Congress (NC) spokesperson, hit out at the state governments and central governments of the past, accusing them of neglecting the needs and demands of the youths which led to them losing their way. He further added that the present government has opened doors for talks with those who are not from the influential family in Kashmir.
Moving forward, the topic of 2019 elections came, and Matto felt that it is upto the people of Kashmir to decide if they want to give BJP a chance. Though, he refused to pick between the NC, PDP or BJP when being asked whom he wishes to see in power.
As for the other two leaders on the panel, the matter brought out war of words between the two. Hardik predicted that BJP will be defeated in 2019, owing to their failure to fulfill their promises of 2014.
Anurag Thakur disagreed, and listed out a number of achievements of the present ruling government, right from the improvement in ease of doing business ranking to the number of users who have received gas connections.