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  • Commuter associations sceptical of committee

    Mumbai : The Pravas Adhikar Andolan Samiti (PAAS) opines that the formation of safety committee is just an eye-wash to escape the anger of Mumbaikars and there has not been any serious effort from railway authorities to provide relief to the commuters.

  • To revive quota stir, Hardik forms new core group from jail

    Ahmedabad : Looking to revive the Patel community OBC quota stir that lost steam following the arrest of its leaders, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel on Wednesday appointed a new ‘core committee’ for the campaign.

  • Patels to stage protest during PM’s UK visit

    Ahmedabad : Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom this month, the Patel quota agitation leaders on Sunday said they have sent a letter to the British Prime Minister David Cameron about alleged atrocities and police crackdown on the Patel community in Gujarat. The Patel leaders have also announced their resolve to stage a protest against Modi during his UK visit. Through the letter, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti

  • After Surat, Hardik Patel in Ahmedabad net

    Gandhinagar : With local self government body elections looming on the horizon in Gujarat, a visibly apprehensive Anandi-ben Patel government moved with lightning speed to ‘incapacitate’ the patidar pro-reservation agitation leadership in a desperate bid to regain advantage in the ensuing polls. The BJP government in the state realizing that the stir by its main vote bank would load the dice against it, sought to delay the elections through an ordinance, persuading the State

  • Hardik Patel booked for sedition, insulting flag

    Gandhinagar : Reeling under the Patel quota stir for long, the Gujarat government moved on Monday to arrest its firebrand leader Hardik Patel in a case of insulting the tricolour and has also booked him under stringent sedition charges . for his alleged controversial remarks instigating a community youth to kill policemen instead of committing suicide. Gujarat police charged Hardik, the convenor of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) with sedition under Section 124 (A)

  • Will agitate during Rajkot cricket match, says Hardik Patel

    Gandhinagar : Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel on Saturday said the Patel community would launch an agitation during the third ODI between India and South Africa in Rajkot on October 18 in favour of their demands.

  • I’ll join politics if people want it, says Hardik

    New Delhi : Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel, who announced the formation of a new organisation, Akhil Bharatiya Patel Navnirman Sena (ABPNS) here on Wednesday, said that he would join politics “if people want” it.

  • Hardik arrested in Surat; mobile internet banned

    Gandhinagar : The Gujarat administration was on tenterhooks though it foiled the pro-reservation ekta yatra, detaining Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel and 35 of his followers in Surat on Saturday at the end of a prolonged hide and seek between the police and the stir leaders. The entire state administration has been placed on heightened alert.

  • Hardik prevented from meeting BJP MLA over Patel quota issue

    Ahmedabad : Patel quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel’s fresh drive to muster the support of MLAs of to his community on Monday ran into police resistance as he was stopped from meeting local MLA Vallabh Kakadia here.

  • Leadership rift hits Hardik Patel stir

    Gandhinagar: Papered over for the August 25 rally that triggered off unprecedented violence in the state, the fissures within the leadership of the quota stir in Gujarat has re-emerged in the discordant voices that are pulling in different directions. Pitted against each other are 22-year-old Hardik Patel of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and his one-time mentor Laljibhai Patel of Sardar Patel Group (SPG).

  • Ban on Gujarat mobile internet services lifted

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat police lifted the ban on mobile internet services from midnight of Tuesday-Wednesday, a day earlier than what was originally planned, officials said here on Wednesday, reports IANS. The ban on mobile internet had been imposed last Tuesday (August 25) when the Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had organised a mammoth rally of around a million Patel community members seeking caste-based reservations in education and jobs.

  • Hardik patel set to organise ‘reverse’ Dandi march

    Gandhinagar: After an unprecedented dance of destruction that left ten people dead ,the Patidar quota stir leaders in Gujarat now seek to advance their objective through Gandhian means. The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) now intends to pursue it’s objective through peaceful means.”We propose to undertake a ‘Dandi’ yatra and peaceful fast to press for  our demand to include Patels in the OBC category,said a spokesperson of  the Samiti.  “Our stir from the very

  • Give us OBC status or forget Patel support, Hardik warns BJP

    The rise of 22-year-old Hardik Patel is simply astronomical. In just six months of their agitation, the Patel community of Gujarat has embraced him as their supreme leader. Soft-spoken Patel is always accessible for his comrades and has successfully maintained a close relation with media in the state so far. While interacting with Free Press Journal on August 25 and August 26, even though Gujarat has been facing its worst violence since

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    Patel agitation will intensify, police indulged in violence: Hardik Patel

    Ahmedabad: Patel community leader Hardik Patel today warned that the agitation for reservation will intensify in coming days even as he accused the police of trying to “derail” the stir at the behest of political establishment and indulging in violence. “Police are acting against us on the directions either from Central or state government,” the 22-year-old convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) said in an oblique reference to the BJP which is leading governments at Centre and Gujarat. However, the young

  • Patel Community protests

    Patels flex political biceps

    Hardik Patel whisked away after he insists on CM Anandiben personally coming to the rally venue to accept their charter of demands, which includes OBC quota for his community .