Gandhinagar : Over thirty Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) activists were detained as they gathered to submit a formal representation to the Gujarat OBC Commission in support of their demand for according Other Backward Class (OBC) status to their community.
PAAS, which has been agitating for over a year now in support of their demand, has now also decided to explore the official channel. Statutory requirements mandate that any demand for reservations in this category must first go before the OBC Commission as Gujarat has 146 notified OBCs.
Trouble however began when about 50 PAAS activists who had gathered to make a formal application seeking OBC status for patidars, all 50 of them sought to gain entry to the presence of the chairman, retired Justice Sugnyaben Bhatt; though the permission was for only a five member team. When the cops present on the scene insisted on the protocol, the PAAS leaders Dinesh Bambhaniya, Lalit Vasoya and sitting Dhari legislator Nalin Kotadiya threatened to go the secretariat and seek the intervention of the chief minister, leading the cops to detain 31 of them including the three, police said.
The PAAS leaders however alleged that they were detained but there was no violence because the authorities were trying to prevent them from representing before the designated body for the purpose.”
The developments of the day prove beyond doubt that the government wants to thwart the ‘patels’ even from representing their cause before the legitimate authority, said Hardik Patel, PAAS leader from Udaipur, where he is incarcerated under judicial orders. Already over a dozen ‘patidar’ groups have already submitted their representation to the panel for reservation for the community in the OBC category.