Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel may visit violence-hit Mandsaur tomorrow
At a time when the situation in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur is returning to normal, Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel will arrive in Jaipur today and is likely to leave for the violence-hit region, the epicentre of the farmers' stir in Madhya Pradesh, with his supporters tomorrow.
"Patel will be reaching Udaipur via road from Ahmedabad on Monday evening and will take part in a community feast in Namri panchayat.
We had asked the police to allow him to address a gathering but it was not permitted," said Gehrilal Dangi, district president of Patel Navnirman Sena.
He has plans to leave for Mandsaur, but whether the administration allows it is uncertain, Dangi added.
He said that the Patidar community in Gujarat and Rajasthan stands in support of the Madhya Pradesh farmers.
"Patel desires to meet the agitating cultivators during his visit," Dangi said.
Additional SP Brijesh Kumar Soni said: "We have information that Hardik Patel will be in Udaipur on June 12 and take part in a community gathering."
Hardik, who had spent six months of exile in Udaipur after a Gujarat High Court order, had returned to his hometown in January this year. He was staying at a former Congress MLA's house during this period.
He was released from jail in Gujarat after nine months in confinement in July last year.
Of the seven farmers who died in the recent violent agitations in Madhya Pradesh, five were Patidars.
Soon after the farmer crisis hit the state last week, it was clear that of the elements, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was most concerned about the sentiments of the Patidar community.