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Fate of Patidar quota stir uncertain after Hardik joins Cong

The fate of the Patidar quota agitation hangs in balance with its leader Hardik Patel and his supporters saying that the issue is over and they now want to focus on problems of farmers and jobs for youth. However, many from the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), headed by Patel, want to continue their fight for quota for the Patidar community in government jobs and education. Patel, who first came into the limelight with the Patidar quota stir in 2015, joined the Congress here last week in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi. The 25-year-old firebrand leader claims the issue of reservation is over now . How can you talk about reservation when you have already been granted 10 per cent quota benefits. Now my focus is on raising issues concerning farmers and youth. I will make people aware of the BJP s wrong policies and of the Congress s vision, he said. Patel admitted that at the beginning of his agitation, he had demanded reservation for the Patidar community under the .

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