Free Press Journal
  • Gujarat: Question related to Hardik Patel’s hunger strike in civic body cleric exam surprises authorities

    Ahmedabad: Candidates appearing in a competitive examination held for clerical posts in the Gandhinagar civic body Sunday were asked a question related to Patidar leader Hardik Patel. The 25-year-old Patel quota spearhead ended his 19-day-long fast Wednesday which was undertaken to demand reservation for his community and loan waiver for the farmers of Gujarat. The question was related to his hunger strike.

  • Hardik Patel breaks his indefinite hunger strike after 19 days; no negotiation in sight

    Ahmedabad: Quota spearhead Hardik Patel ended his indefinite fast Wednesday after 19 days, even as there were no talks between him and the Gujarat government over the leader’s demands for reservation to Patidars and farm loan waiver. Hardik broke the fast by having lemonade from the hands of Patidar community leaders Naresh Patel and C K Patel. After ending his fast, the quota leader said, “The fight

  • Hardik Patel shifted to hospital on 14th day of quota fast

    Gandhinagar : A political time-bomb of sorts began ticking in Gujarat on Friday when fasting patidar quota stir leader, Hardik Patel was rushed to hospital after he complained of breathlessness and report of supportive protest demonstrations poured in from Morbi, Amreli and Botad in Saurashtra region, the cradle of farmer unrest in Gujarat.

  • Hardik Patel will give up water if government does not start talks: PAAS

    Ahmedabad: As Hardik Patel’s indefinite fast entered 12th day, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) led by him announced Wednesday that he would stop taking water if the BJP government in Gujarat did not initiate talks with him in the next 24 hours.

  • Modi government’s development model has failed, says Yashwant Sinha

    Ahmedabad: Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha said Tuesday that unlike in the Vajpayee era, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government is a “two-person” affair. Sinha, who handled finance and external affairs portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, was speaking to the media after meeting Patidar leader Hardik Patel here.

  • Finally, Gujarat government steps in as Hardik Patel’s fast enters 11th day

    Ahmedabad: As doctors expressed concern over the health of Hardik Patel, the Gujarat government Tuesday stepped up its efforts to persuade the Patidar leader to end his indefinite hunger strike which entered eleventh day. Hardik had launched his fast on August 25 for demands, including farm loan waiver and reservation for the Patidar community under OBC category in government jobs and education sector.

  • Hardik Patel declares his will as fast enters ninth day

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat’s Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel, whose fast entered the ninth day on Sunday, declared his will if he breathed his last, even as he sent back a government medical team in protest against the police baton charge on his supporters who came calling during the day.

  • Sedition case: Ahmedabad Court asks Hardik Patel to be present on September 14

    Ahmedabad: A court here asked today Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel — who has launched an indefinite fast from his house — to appear before it on September 14 in connection with a sedition case. The sessions court will start framing of charges in the case against Patel and two of his former aides from September 14. Framing of charges is a process after which the trial starts.

  • ‘Caste’ agitations rooted in failed system

    Dominant peasant castes occupying significant space in the economy and polity in their respective States are not giving up the battle for quotas. The Marathas are once again up-in-arms against the State demanding reservation in educational institutions and government jobs, an agitation that has often turned violent. In Gujarat, the Patidar agitation is on the verge of reviving with the detention of Hardik Patel. The Jats of Haryana and Rajasthan and Kapus

  • Fears of renewed Patidar protests hover over Gujarat as Hardik Patel is arrested ahead of PM Modi visit

    GANDHINAGAR: The spectre of a renewed spurt in Patidar protests is hovering over Gujarat as the police took pro-reservation stir leader Hardik Patel into custody, ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to the State on August 23. The Crime Branch made the arrest hours before Hardik was to undertake a token fast in a parked vehicle in Nikol suburb of Ahmedabad. The arrest immediately triggered state-wide protests beginning in Surat.

  • Gujarat MLA heading for ‘jal samadhi’ detained with Hardik and others

    Rajkot : A Gujarat Congress legislator, on his way to take ‘jal samadhi’ in Bhadar river in Rajkot district, was on Saturday detained along with seven other MLAs of his party, Patidar leader Hardik Patel and others at Bhukhi village in the district, police said.

  • Hardik Patel, aides get 2 years imprisonment in Visnagar rioting case

    Mehsana: A Gujarat court sentenced Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel to two years imprisonment in a case of rioting and arson in Visnagar town here in 2015. Judge V P Agarwal, of the sessions court at Visnagar, held guilty Hardik Patel and his two aides, Lalji Patel and A K Patel under IPC sections pertaining to rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly.