I will always fight for rights of farmers: Hardik Patel

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jun 2018 10:20:30


Staff Reporter

“People in Bharatiya Janata Party, who are against my entry in Madhya Pradesh, should realize that I have faced their top leaders. Being son of a farmer, I would always fight for their rights. Stone pelting, protests don’t deter me,” said Hardik Patel, National President, Kisan Kranti Sena and young Patidar Kisan leader of Gujarat while addressing the OBC, SC ST, Farmers Convention organised by Akhil Bharatiya OBC Mahasabha, Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur at Panagar, on Thursday. He reached the venue of convention after facing protest from youths who pelted stones, egg and showed black flags to him. It may be mentioned that, on Thursday morning, Hardik Patel, along with Congress leaders, visited Tehsil square situated statue of Dr B R Ambedkar and after paying floral tributes, left for Panager. While he was on the way, his cavalcade was attacked by some people in front of BJP office at Ranital, who threw eggs. The vehicles in his cavalcade again faced protest at Damohnaka, Adhartaal and in Panagar.

Hardik Patel, addressing the convention, said that, in Madhya Pradesh, the condition of farmers, rural youths, educated unemployed youths in rural and urban areas was increasing day by day. Farmers suicide cases in Madhya Pradesh are much higher in numbers then in Vidarbha, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and other parts of the country. He said, his movement and life is to fight for the people, who belong to this land, farmers, tribals and youths. He said, he has strong belief in Constitution of India, Supreme Court, media and public and respects its decision and surely, the rights of people would be protected, but for this, we have to fight for long. In Madhya Pradesh, even after decision of apex court on 27 per cent reservation to OBCs, the issue is waiting for implementation.

The meeting was attended by AIOBCM, Jabalpur office bearers, Congress leader MPCC Vice President, Lakhan Ghanghoria, Sanjay Yadav, Sammati Saini, Dinesh Patel, former District President, Congress Picchda Varg, Jabalpur, Rajesh Patel, Durgesh Patel, Dinesh Yadav, President, City Congress Committee along with Congress leaders of Panagar were present in large numbers. According to senior Congress leader, Sanjay Yadav, a large number of BJP workers attacked the cavalcade of Hardik Patel while along with Congress leaders he was on his way to Panagar to address the convention of OBC Mahasabha. In this, some had tried to attack the vehicles and also showed arms while attacking. Congress workers alleged that when they objected to group protesting against Hardik Patel, the police, instead of taking action against protesters, applied force on Congress workers. He alleged that BJP leaders are playing unparliamentary tactics to stop a farmers’ leader. For this undemocratic act, public would teach a lesson to BJP leaders in coming Assembly elections.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Tiwari added that while cavalcade of Hardik Patel was on its way from Ranital to Panagar, at different points, some youths pelted eggs, stones on the vehicles and also tried to stop the vehicles. In Panagar, the supporters and people protesting against the visit of Hardik Patel, confronted each other and in order to maintain law and order, police had to use mild force and apprehended few protesters. The identification of arrested persons is being carried out.