Gujarat Government big announcement on reservation before elections

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The Gujarat government has announced setting up of two separate panels for all castes not getting the benefit of reservations, instead of just Patels.

Following the meeting, Nitin Patel said that commission would be formed to look into the issue of reservation.

The deputy chief minister said that the new Commission was being set up for all the communities seeking to petition their demands before the government. "The government should announce the date from which these bodies would start functioning", Mr Patel told reporters in Rajkot.

This is another main demand of the agitating Patidars but the government refrained from a categorical commitment that the cases, including the sedition case against Hardik Patel, would be withdrawn.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's attempts to win back Gujarat's powerful Patidars seem to have hit a rocky patch on Tuesday as the saffron party's much-hyped meeting with representatives of the community in Gandhinagar did not go as planned.

For instance, a day before stealing the show organised by the BJP, Hardik Patel welcomed Rahul Gandhi to Gujarat with a tweet as the Congress leader started his three-day tour in the Patel-dominated Saurashtra region. The sources said Rahul had visited both temples and mosques during yatras ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections to project the secular image of the Congress. "It is our promise that we shall take everybody along and take Gujarat forward", Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying by IE at Dhrol town of Jamnagar. He will visit several villages and cities including Dhrol and Tankara, where there are a good number of Patel communities.

Retaining the support of the Patels, who account for 14% of the state's population, will be crucial for the BJP as the community is believed to control the results of about 50 of 182 Assembly seats in Gujarat and influence the outcome in another 30.

On the first day of the visit, Hardik Patel, leader of Patel Reservation movement, greeted him. Patel had earlier indicated that under the OBC quota, Patel community could consider supporting Congress in the Assembly elections to achieve its goal of reservation.

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