The Hush Post: Patidar leader Hardik Patel who has been on an indefinite hunger strike since August 25 has lost about 20 kg in the last eleven days and should be admitted to the hospital, doctors attached to the Sola civil hospital have said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Gujarat government held meeting with several key leaders of the Patidar community at Gandhinagar regarding the matter.
Hardik’s demands include farm loan waiver and reservation for the Patidar community under OBC category in government jobs and education sector.
“During the meeting, we conveyed that the government is worried about Hardik Patel. We appealed to the leaders to persuade Hardik Patel to end his fast. The leaders have promised us that they would meet Hardik Patel in this regard,” energy minister Saurabh Patel said. Patel met Patidar leaders associated with six different bodies of the community on Tuesday evening.
Earlier in the day, Saurabh Patel had alleged that Hardik’s hunger strike was a politically motivated move backed by the Congress. Hardik has received support from former Union minister Yashwant Sinha and BJP Member of Parliament Shatrughan Sinha, who met him on September 4.