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On 9 day of hunger strike, Hardik unveils his ‘will’


Ahmedabad : Patidar leader Hardik Patel unveiled his “will” on Sunday, the ninth day of his indefinite fast, demanding reservation for the community and farm loan waiver.

The quota leader has divided his property among his parents, a sister, 14 youths killed during the quota agitation in 2015 and a ‘Panjrapole’ (shelter for ill and old cows) near his village, a Patidar leader said.

“Hardik Patel has expressed his wish to donate his eyes in case of his death,” Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) spokesperson Manoj Panara told reporters at Hardik’s residence near Ahmedabad where he has been observing fast since August 25.

While leaders and representatives from various political parties, including the Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Rashtriya Janata Dal, have visited the 25-year-old leader in the last nine days, the BJP government has so far not intervened.

Among the delegates who visited Hardik Patel on Sunday included former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awami Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi and leader of opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani of the Congress.

“Hardik Patel’s health is deteriorating. He has not eaten food in the last nine days. He didn’t drink water in the last 36 hours,” Panara claimed.

He said Hardik Patel has prepared his will while “considering the doctor’s advise regarding his deteriorating health”.