Out of jail, Hardik Patels says will fight for rights of Patels

Surat: The 23-year-old Patel leader, after stepping out of the jail, told reporters that he has vowed to continue his agitation to get reservation for his community under the OBC quota. "Our agitation will continue. Our demand for OBC status for the Patels is still there. In the coming days, there will be a change in the style of our working, but our attitude (tevar) will remain the same," he asserted. Hardik was released after the Gujarat High Court granted him bail in two sedition and one arson-related cases that were slapped when he led a mass agitation demanding job quotas for the Patel community. His bail was approved on the condition that he stays out of Gujarat for six months, and for three months after that in another case. Going by the high court orders, Hardik will have to leave Gujarat within 48 hours of his release from jail. Before he embarked on a roadshow through the Surat city, he warned all political parties against taking political benefits out of the agitation.  Addressing them through the media, Hardik said: "This agitation is not a property of any political party. No party should think of taking political benefit out of this." "This agitation will not stop just because I or someone else wants. It will only end when Patel community gets their rights." However, he clarified that he would remain open for discussion with the state government over the Patel issue.  "In the coming days, we will take a proper decision in the interest of our community. We don't mind if we have to sit and talk with the government for arriving at a solution," he said, as he thanked the judiciary for his release. He said the 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections announced by the state government under the unreserved category was still not enough. "We indeed want to fully utilise whatever we have received (from the government) till now. But we have not got the OBC status for the community. We will first request the government to give it. We will be courteous and may also sit with government to solve this issue," he said. Hardik also spoke of scaling up his agitation to the national level by the taking along the Kurmi community which is in a good number in Uttar Prades and is equivalent to the Patels back home. "We will also involve our Kurmi community in this agitation and try to get our rights," he said.