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  • 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

  • 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.

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    Patel leaders denied permission for meeting by police

    Ahmedabad: Over 200 Patel community leaders were today asked by the police to vacate a plot in the city where they had gathered to discuss the future course of action with regard to the ongoing agitation for OBC status. A police officer said the permission was denied as they approached “us very late”. A community leader, while leaving the meeting venue, alleged that this was an attempt to muzzle their voice and said