Patidar Leader Hardik Patel Breaks Fast, Says Won't Oblige Enemies By Dying

Patidar Leader Hardik Patel Breaks Fast, Says Won

Patidar Leader Hardik Patel Breaks Fast, Says Won't Oblige Enemies By Dying

New Delhi: Hardik Patel, the Patidar leader who was on an indefinite hunger strike for demanding  loan waiver from farmers and reservation for Patidars, broke his fast after 19 days today. Mr Patel said that he would not play into the hands of those who want to kill him.

The Patidar leader was holding out for a response from the government on his demands. The 24 year old, stopped drinking water to intensify his protest and ended up in the hospital.

He said that he broke his fast today at 3 pm on the insistence of his supporters, although his demands were adamantly refused by the government. He tweeted, "I can die for those who love me, who want to keep me alive. But my friends, I would not oblige those who want to kill me by dying."

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On August 25, Hardik Patel launched the hunger strike, from his residence. He is demanding a loan waiver for Gujarat farmers and reservation for the Patidar community in jobs and education under the OBC quota. He also asked for the release of PAAS member Alpesh Kathiriya, who has been arrested on the charge of sedition.

Mr Patel was visited by a number of politicians, including Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and former Union minister A Raja, during the course of his agitation.

The state government claimed on September 4, that Hardik Patel's quota movement was a "politically-motivated" agitation with the backing of the Congress.

Later, state minister Saurabh Patel said the government's door were open for talks, but no negotiations were held.

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