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Ahmedabad(PTI): The surprise move of hunger strike by the Patel stir leader came at a time when his close aides have expressed willingness to hold talks with the Gujarat government.
Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel, on a hunger strike since Thursday, has been admitted to a hospital after he complained of weakness and dizziness.
Mr. Hardik Patel, who launched his indefinite fast at the Lajpore Jail in Surat, was on Friday night shifted to the prison ward of Civil Hospital where he is fine now, a health official said on Saturday.
“Hardik Patel was brought late last night from Lajpor Jail and admitted to the prison ward of Civil Hospital,” superintendent of Surat Civil Hospital Mahesh Vadel said.
“He had complained of weakness and dizziness. We conducted various tests on him and he is found to be OK. His treatment is going on in the hospital,” Dr. Vadel said.
“On our advice he has started taking water,” he said.
Mr. Hardik Patel, lodged in the jail since September 2015 in two sedition cases, is leading an agitation demanding reservation for Patels in government jobs and educational institutes under OBC category.
The surprise move of hunger strike by Mr. Hardik Patel three days back came at a time when his close aides have expressed willingness to hold talks with Gujarat’s BJP government to resolve the quota issue, which had led to violent protests.
Three of Mr. Hardik Patel’s close aides — Ketan Patel, Chirag Patel and Dinesh Bambhaniya — who are also behind bars on sedition cases, wrote a letter to Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Wednesday and expressed willingness to hold talks.
Since the letter did not have the signature of Mr. Hardik Patel, speculation is rife that the youth leader felt betrayed by his own associates and decided to undertake indefinite fast.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Health Minister Nitin Patel on Saturday said the government is working hard to resolve the issue of quota for Patels, a politically powerful community.
A committee of community leaders has been formed with the support of members from Mr. Hardik Patel’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti and the Sardar Patel Group to work out a compromise formula, he said.