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Patel quota: Talks between PAAS, govt fail to break deadlock


Gandhinagar : The opening round of talks between the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti(PAAS) and the Vijay Rupani government in Gujarat has ended in failure here on Thursday with the warring Patels threatening to reload their stir.

A statement issued by PAAS convenor Hardik Patel alluded to this after their eleven member delegation here on the invitation of the state government discussed the issue for over five hours. “The talks failed because the state government is in position to take a decision since the powers rest with Delhi. After another round of talks, we shall resume our agitation in support of our long pending demands”, it said.

The talks began with an eleven member delegation representing PAAS and the government represented by deputy chief minister Nitin Patel at the head of a group of ministers. The talks however failed to yield any results.

The PAAS representatives stuck to their earlier demand of constitutional provision of reservations for patidars in government jobs and institutions, setting up of a statutory commission on the lines of the OBC commission for the redressal of their grievances, withdrawal of all cases against patidar leaders and initiating penal action against police officers responsible for atrocities perpetrated on patidars during the agitation