One of many 4 video-clips has develop into significantly controversial because it exhibits the Patidar youth leaders Hardik Patel having a ‘good time’ after getting their heads shaved in protest in opposition to the
state authorities’s apathy in the direction of Patidar ‘martyrs’ who had been killed in police motion in the course of the quota agitation. Fifty-one Patidars, together with Hardik, had acquired their heads shaved in Botad on Could 21 this yr.
Confronted with rising criticism after successive leaks of objectionable video-clips, Hardik squarely blamed the BJP for infringing upon his privateness and threatened authorized motion.
“The BJP is behind these movies that violate m
y proper to privateness. They like to peep into the non-public lifetime of others. As their 22-year-old ‘Vikas’ (growth agenda) stands uncovered, they’re attempting to reveal a 23-year-old boy. I’ll seek the advice of my attorneys and file a grievance quickly in opposition to perpetrators of this sex-CD,” mentioned Hardik
Hardik insisted that the ‘video assault’ is nothing however character assassination. Nevertheless, it won’t adversely influence the Patidar agitation for OBC quota. “Even when I’m a foul particular person, it doesn’t have a bearing on our demand for quota. Our agitation will proceed and is stronger now,” he mentioned.
Hardik discovered assist from Gujarat’s younger Dalit agitation chief, Jignesh Mevani. “Pricey Hardik Patel, don’t be concerned. I’m with you. And proper to intercourse is a elementary proper. Nobody has proper to breach your privateness,” Mevani tweeted.
Hardik’s shut aide and co-convener of PAAS, Dinesh Bambhania, mentioned, “We’ve got reiterated that each one these movies are faux. Let 100, 500 and 1,000 movies come. That is all of the doing of the BJP and it makes no distinction in anyway.”
In the meantime, Hardik’s former aide-turned-critic Chirag Patel mentioned Hardik will lose the belief of the Patidar group because of the expose.
“Hardik will not be welcome to remain in Patidar properties after this expose. Girls will even keep away from his rallies. Hardik’s claims that he has been framed by the BJP won’t minimize any ice with the group who will suppose twice earlier than supporting him,” Stated the Chirag.
Ketan Patel, one other of Hardik’s shut aides who not too long ago turned approver in opposition to him in a sedition case, mentioned the latter ought to name it quits now. “Hardik is clearly seen within the intercourse tape. He ought to confess his errors and go away the quota stir. The group won’t tolerate such abhorrent acts,” mentioned Ketan
Hardik had warned that BJP will attempt to malign his picture. It’s Hardik’s private matter. We consider that no member of any political occasion must be defamed like this. That is the most important sin,” mentioned Gujarat Congress ballot in-charge Ashok Gehlot.
One other Patidar group, Sardar Patel Group (SPG), demanded probe into the intercourse tape scandal. “A group chief ought to preserve the dignity of his stature. The PAAS core committee ought to resolve whether or not or not they are going to proceed below Hardik’s management,” mentioned Purvin Patel, spokesperson of the SPG. He, nonetheless, emphasised that the video clips could have no influence on the quota agitation. “If Hardik is pulled out from the stir, then some new face will change him,” he mentioned.