Hardik Patel announces support for Congress

Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday declared his support for the Congress in the upcoming Gujarat elections, saying the party had accepted the demand for reservation for the Patel community.

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader told reporters here that the Congress will include the extension of reservation benefit to the Patel community in its election manifesto.

The Congress, which has mounted a hectic campaign to dislodge the long-ruling BJP in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, has been wooing Hardik, who has been spearheading the Patidar stir, for quite some time.

Elections in Gujarat will be held on December 9 and 14.

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