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 leaderâs 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, âThe fight for quota for my community and farm loan waiver will continueâ. Hardik Patel had begun his indefinite hunger strike onÂ 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 â 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 Hardikâs quota movement was a âpolitically-motivatedâ agitation with the backing of the Cong-ress. state energy minister had then said that the governmentâs door were open for talks ,but no negotiations were held.