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Hardik Patel ends fast; no deal in sight

PTI
Published : Sep 13, 2018, 3:07 am IST
Updated : Sep 13, 2018, 3:07 am IST

Hardik Patel broke the fast by having lemonade from the hands of Patidar community leaders Naresh Patel and C.K. Patel.

Patidar leaders offer coconut water to PAAS leader Hardik Patel to break his 19-day hungerstrike in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)
 Patidar leaders offer coconut water to PAAS leader Hardik Patel to break his 19-day hungerstrike in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

Ahmedabad: Quota spearhead Hardik Patel ended his indefinite fast Wednesday after 19 days, even as there were no talks between him and the Gujarat government over the leader’s demands for reservation to Patidars and farm loan waiver.

Hardik Patel broke the fast by having lemonade from the hands of Patidar community leaders Naresh Patel and C.K. Patel.

After ending his fast, the quota leader said, “The fight for quota for my community and farm loan waiver will continue”. Hardik Patel had begun his indefinite hunger strike on  August 25 at his residence, demanding reservation for Patidars under the Other Backw-ard Classes (OBC) category and loan waiver for Gujarat farmers.

Later, a demand for release of his aide Alpesh Katheria, who was arrested on charges of sedition, was also added. The 25-year-old quota agitation leader was admitted to a hospital after his health deteriorated last Friday — the 14th day of his fast.

After spending two days in hospital, he had returned to his house and continued the hunger strike. While he had started taking liquids and was administered glucose at the hospital, the Patidar leader claimed he did not take any solid food during the fast. On September 4, the BJP-led Gujarat government had reacted to the agitation. and claimed that Hardik’s quota movement was a “politically-motivated” agitation with the backing of the Cong-ress. state energy minister had then said that the government’s door were open for talks ,but no negotiations were held.

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