Quota spearhead Hardik Patel ended his indefinite fast today after 19 days, even as there were no talks between him and the Gujarat government over the leader’s demands for reservation to Patidars and farm loan waiver. Hardik broke the fast by having lemonade from the hands of Patidar community leaders Naresh Patel and CK Patel.After ending his fast, the quota leader said, “The fight for quota for my community and farm loan waiver will continue”.
Later, a demand for release of his aide Alpesh Katheria, who was arrested on charges of sedition, was also added.The 25-year-old quota agitation leader was admitted to a hospital after his health deteriorated last Friday – the 14th day of his fast. Earlier today, Patel had announced that farmers, religious leaders of the community had urged him to end the fast. Various opposition leaders, including those from the Congress, met Patel during the course of his 19-day protest to extend their support in his agitation.
Several Gujarat Congress MLAs, including Lalit Vasoya and Asha Patel, besides leaders from Patidar community, had yesterday met Hardik and urged him to end the fast. Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat also met the Patidar leader on Tuesday and ured him to end his indefinite fast. Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar, after meeting Hardik, said time has come for the Parliament to discuss whether the 50 per cent cap on quota can be relaxed.