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 today appointed a new ‘core committee’ for the campaign.

Hardik is currently in jail in Surat, where he is facing a case of sedition. He formed the new core committee of PAAS to take forward the movement during his incarceration, said PAAS spokesperson Harikesh Patel.

Eleven conveners of PAAS were appointed as the members of this core committee, which will take decisions related to the agitation, the spokesperson said.

Hardik handed over the list of committee members to his father at a court in Surat.

“He took the judge’s permission and handed over the list to his father. From now on, these 11 members will take decisions in the absence of Hardik and the three other conveners who, too, are behind the bars,” said Harikesh.

This new group will work in coordination with 25 other PAAS conveners whom Hardik has appointed as ‘advisers’.

The new core committee includes Nikhil Savani from Surat, Atul Patel from Ahmedabad, Ravi Patel from Himmatnagar and Kirit Patel from Patan.

PAAS at present has 144 conveners across Gujarat.