Gujarat leader and one of the faces of Patidar reservation, Hardik Patel has stirred a major controversy with his latest set of comments, this time pertaining to the #MeToo movement, which has gripped the country in the past few weeks.
He was questioned by the media on the campaign, during which a reporter asked him about the allegation on him. He replied by saying, "I have nothing to do with MeToo. I think after two or four days, they may level MeToo against PM." He then laughed before walking away.
The question posed in front of Hardik was in relation to the 'sex CD' scandal that made news last year. Ahead of the 2017 Gujarat elections, Hardilk's former aide Ashwin Patel came out with the CD, and claimed to have more proof against the PAAS chief. But Hardik had refused all such allegations during an exclusive with Republic TV.
"I don't care what Ashwin Patel has exposed. As far as I'm concerned, I will continue to work for reservation. This is the dirty politics that emerges during elections. Whenever elections approach, they talk about terrorism, nationalism and bring up the Hindu-Muslim issue to polarise people. This is nothing but dirty politics," he said.
A defiant Hardik had also insisted that he was ready to take his accusers head-on and that he won't be perturbed by such allegations. "In 2006, they had made a video of Sanjay Joshi, and he eventually had to leave Gujarat. But Hardik is not so weak that he will leave Gujarat. In fact, I will face them head on and fight directly. This (tape) makes no difference to me," he said, speaking about himself as a third-party.
Stressing that he was completely unaffected by the controversy, Hardik said that this attempt to defame him was done due to his strong female following.
"This is being done because women follow me. I have received tremendous support from women. This cd has been released to show women that I have lost my way. Let them do what they want, it makes no difference to me," a defiant Hardik Patel added.