OBCs threaten to uproot Gujarat govt if Patels given reservation

OBCs threaten to uproot Gujarat govt if Patels given reservation

Thousands of Other Backward Class communities' members held a rally here today to counter the agitation of the Patel community which is demanding OBC status and threatened to "uproot" the Gujarat government if it bows to the demand of the Patels.

'Gujarat Kshatriya-Thakor Sena' president Alpesh Thakor in his address took a dig at Patel leaders who had earlier threatened the state government to face consequences in the 2017 Assembly elections if their demands were not met.

"We strongly condemn the way in which Patels are pressurising the government to get reservation by threatening to uproot government in 2017. I want to warn this government that don't take our patience for granted," Thakor said.

"Patels are just 12 per cent while OBCs, SCs and STs are 78 per cent of state's population. If Patels will be given even one per cent reservation, this government may no longer remain in power in this year itself, forget about 2017," he warned.

Thakor who is spearheading the movement to bring all the 146 OBC communities of the state under one roof to counter the ongoing agitation by Patel community demanding reservation slammed the state government for forming a seven-member committee of ministers to listen to the demands of various communities, like Patels, Brahmins and Kshatriyas, who are agitating to get reservation under OBC quota.

"I am doubtful about government's intentions. This may be a part of a larger conspiracy to remove the reservation in the long run, which is also demanded by Patels and other general castes. I want to warn this government to refrain from such activity," said Thakor.

The rally was organised near Sabarmati Ashram in the city today, where at least 10,000 members of different OBC communities gathered to listen to their leaders.

Today's rally by OBCs was organised in the wake of the proposed mega-rally of Patels to be held in the city on August 25, where at least 20 lakh Patel community members are expected to participate as a show of their strength.

The Patels are demanding reservation in government jobs and education under OBC quota. Patels are numerically a strong community in Gujarat and are backing the BJP for the last 25 years. 

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