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Anyone who aspires to form a government will have to clarify their position on Patidar reservation: Hardik Patel

first_imgAs the campaigns of the various political parties hots up for the assembly elections in Gujarat, a non-political player, Hardik Patel, and his demand for reservation for the Patidar community, is giving the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party sleepless nights. Smita Gupta talks to him on the campaign trail in Bhavnagar district, en route to a public meeting in Umrada.You and your movement appear to have shaken Mr Modi and the BJP. This is an agitation by the people of Gujarat, this is a battle being fought by six crore Gujaratis. Who will get shaken and who won’t, only time will tell. We only want to create an environment that will compel all future governments to work in the interest of the people.Is the demand for reservation for the Patidars the topmost priority of your movement? Yes, definitely: this is a social issue. Anyone who aspires to form a government will have to clarify their position on this. Educational institutions in Gujarat have become corrupt, and there are no jobs. This is a matter of great sorrow. All governments will have to focus on these issues. If we get the opportunity to get a decent education, there will be less chance of youth going astray. If they get proper jobs after that, they will be able to lead honourable lives and won’t be forced to do anything wrong.You are representing the interests of the Patidars who want to be included in the OBC quota to avail of reservation, Alpesh Thakore’s movement began by challenging this demand and Jignesh Mewani represents the Dalits. There are social contradictions between the three, and yet you are on a common platform now.We haven’t come together on a common platform, but on issues that concern all of us. We are talking of oppression, they are talking of prohibition, we are talking of reservation and securing jobs, they are saying its important to get good the education. Where is the contradiction? On the question of the OBC quota, whichever government is there, there are many ways in which our demand for reservation can be accommodated, perhaps even through a constitutional amendment. Whatever the results of these elections, do you think the friendship between you, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mewani can continue?When were we enemies? That is our responsibility.Who will your supporters vote for?They will vote against the BJP, they will vote for their honour, their rights, and will vote so that there will be a prosperous and happy Gujarat.Apart from your demand for reservation, you have been also talking of the demands of the farming community.We want their loans to be waived. For some years we have been saying this is the land of the Green Revolution, this is a land of plenty, this is the land of farmers, and yet in Gujarat even today, many farmers are committing suicide, and they are oppressed by the burden of loans. We want farmers to be given a fair price for their produce.You appeared in the court in Visnagar: do you think the more it appears that the current Gujarat government is trying to act against you, your support will grow. Today you have been delayed, because your return from Mehsana has got converted into a spontaneous road show.People trust me, they agree with my demands. These battles are fought on the basis of issues. We have issues, and whatever legal battles there are, one has to fight them legally. I was to hold my meeting at 4, it is already six because people were there for much of the route. Most people think I won’t be able to make it, but I am told 25,000 people are waiting at Umrada..At the ground level, people from neighbouring villages have come for the meeting to support our issues. What we need are smart villages, not smart cities. If the village is happy, then the cities will automatically become happy places.I have heard you were a social activist, who was handling the social media for the Sardar Patel Group before you started this agitation?At the age of 18, I joined the Sardar Patel Group, and was involved with social issues such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. But at the age of 22, on July 6, 2015, I launched the current agitation. The story of my life and my involvement with social causes would take too long to recount now.If there is a change in government, do you think it will be followed by social changes.In society two kinds of changes take place, social changes and political changes. The social changes are already taking place — people are coming out on the streets and raising their voices. This will be followed by political changes.Will you eventually form a political party?No, no, I won’t do that. I am a social worker.Do you want the Congress to give the Patidars many tickets for the elections?They do that in every election.Are you hoping that the Patidars who get elected will raise your demands inside the government? If the people are strong, then their voices will be raised inside. If the people are strong, what use is to have our representatives inside? We have to become conscious first, not our politicians. It is only when we become conscious, sensible and united, then we will get our demands. The BJP has made a big issue of your meeting with Congress politicians in a hotel. What’s wrong with a social worker meeting politicians? The BJP has become nervous, it has no issues left: it can’t talk about development anymore. It’s my democratic right to meet anyone — I was not meeting terrorists, was I? Are you meeting Rahul Gandhi next week? Yes, absolutely.What issues will you raise? We have already presented our demands: it’s for them to respond. Do you want people from your outfit to contest elections? No, not at all. People are saying that BJP president Amit Shah is nervous about making a public appearance in Gujarat…. I won’t say too much about that: all I can say is that there is an informal Section 144 in 5000 to 6000 villages in Gujarat for the BJP.last_img read more

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Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Sebastian moves up the stepladder, sets date vs San Beda Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets PLAY LIST 01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets00:50Trending Articles00:48No ceasefire on 2020 budget? Sotto says Senate would prefer it01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games It’s just that the Picanto are looking for more seasoned players, according to the legendary coach.READ: Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’“Everybody that will come from draft might not have the necessary experience that we’ll be needing in molding a competitive team. Besides, I always believe that players that make it to the PBA are talented to make it to the pros.”Lipa said that the decision to trade the pick to San Miguel for a number of veterans fits more with what the Picanto’s wants to be “unconventional type of basketball” this season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New Kia team manager Joe Lipa and team governor Bobby Rosales. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netNewly appointed Kia team manager Joe Lipa is well aware of the talent his team will miss out on as the controversial trade involving the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pushed through on Friday.But Lipa said he doesn’t mind losing one top-flight player if that means Kia will acquire veterans who will all embrace the mentality they are trying to inculcate going forward.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “One man cannot spell the difference from a team winning a championship. But for us to have three to four veteran players who we believe isn’t only talented but can also contribute to the development of the younger players, we believe that we can be very competitive,” said Lipa Friday during a small chat with reporters at Azure Residences in Bicutan hours before the trade was approved.READ: PBA approves Kia-San Miguel tradeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Picanto acquired Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick in exchange for their top pick this year, which is expected to be Christian Standhardinger.“Don’t get me wrong, Christian Standhardinger is a great player. I’ve seen him play and the boy has a big potential,” he said MOST READlast_img read more

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Qatar, UAE to play politically-charged Asian Cup semifinal

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “It was a big day for us,” coach Felix Sanchez said. “We achieved something that is history for us so I just want to congratulate everyone.”In Abu Dhabi, midfielder Abdelaziz Hatim hit the only goal for Qatar with a left-foot shot from outside the area in the 78th minute. South Korea’s best chance came a minute earlier when Kim Jin-su hit the post from a free kick.In Al Ain, the UAE avenged its 2015 semifinal loss to Australia. Ali Ahmed Mabkhout pounced on a defensive blunder to claim his fourth goal of the tournament and spark wild celebrations at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.“We said from the beginning that we don’t have the ambition to play attractive football,” said Mabkhout. “If it comes with a win, that’s okay. The important thing for us is to get results. The other things aren’t important.”ADVERTISEMENT Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host nation, reached the last four of Asia’s continental showpiece for the first time by beating two-time champion South Korea 1-0. The UAE defeated title-holder Australia by the same score to set up a meeting with Qatar in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.The other semifinal is on Monday in Al Ain with Japan taking on Iran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSouth Korea’s exit is good news for Tottenham as forward Son Heung-min can rejoin his injury-hit English Premier League club earlier than expected.Qatar is the surprise package of the tournament, scoring 12 goals without conceding and notching five straight wins. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting United Arab Emirates’ forward Ali Mabkhout, celebrates his goal, the opening goal, during the AFC Asian Cup quarterfinal soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Australia at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will meet in a politically-charged semifinal at the Asian Cup after they knocked out the two favorites Friday.Since June 2017, the UAE has been part of a quartet of nations leading an economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar. The standoff has impacted Qatar’s logistics at the Asian Cup in the UAE but not its performances on the field.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Ateneo survives San Beda, advances to PCCL Finals Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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