April 21, 2019 | 8:18 PM IST

Hardik Patel enters 11th day of indefinite fast, Pressure pours on Gujarat govt.

Support from opposition parties have poured in for Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s indefinite fast for Patidar reservation and farm loan waiver. Patel entered the 11th day of the fast on Tuesday, while former Prime Minister and JD(s) leader Deve Gowda and Akhilesh Yadav appealed him to end his fast as the country needs him. The pressure mounts on state government, though, BJP government is yet to intervene into the matter. Shaktisinh Gohil, national spokesperson of Congress, has urged the state govt to talk to the quota spearhead to break the deadlock.
Meanwhile, Deve Gowda extended his support to Hardik and tweeted a letter on Monday, “I request @narendramodi to intervene immediately and save the life of young Patidar leader in the interest of Backward classes and community”. Gowda has also appealed to Gujarat government to take up the quota demand issue with the Centre and to “take steps to end fast of Hardik Patel”.
Former Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy slammed the state and Centre govt for delaying to take action and to form a committee to implement Hardik’s demand for reservation and farm loan waiver, which he said are in the “larger interest of the farmers and the younger generation”. Hardik Patel began an indefinite fast at his home in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 25 August, stating that he wouldn’t eat till his demand for reservation for members of the Patel community in public employment and educational institutions was met.

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