Who is Hardik Patel and why he is important in Guj polls

New Delhi, Oct 25: Sometime back no one heard Hardik Patel's name. But within months, he is all over news television and today he plays a a very crucial role in Gujarat polls. Hardik played a crucial role in galvanizing Patidar masses in a Gujarat-wide movement to seek reservations in the OBC quota. 

Hardik feels that Patidars are not getting any development because of the present reservation regime. He said, "A Patidar student with 90% marks does not get admission in an MBBS course, while SC/ST or OBC students get it with 45% marks." He said that Patidars were not against SC/ST or OBC communities getting their due. Hardik's rise has confused many, mainly the political establishment.

22- year-old Hardik graduated in B.com and scored less than 50 percent marks from Ahmedabad's Sahajanand College. He also assisted his father run a small submersible-pumps business in rural Ahmedabad. Hardik is the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS). Hardik haild from an average middle-class Patidar family from Viramgam, near Ahmedabad.

Why Hardik plays a crucial role in Gujarat polls? 

Hardik Patel plays a very important role in the upcoming Gujarat elections. He is deeply focused in forming alliance, meeting important people and kept the issue of reservation for the Patels of Gujarat alive. He is also supporting other movements as well led by younger leaders across Gujarat and other states. He has established great working relationship with Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.  Today Congress party is also trying to woo Hardik. 

Hardik has emerged as the leader out of the Patidar movement and will play crucial role in Gujarat polls. When he made a very powerfull statement few months back, a big community supported him. The statement made by Hardik goes like this, "“In Class 1 we are taught Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christians are all brothers, and that is what I have believed since then.”

The coming days will further clear the role of Hardik in Gujarat polls and how he will change the dynamics of politics.