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Hardik Patel to Modi: You used Patels for 2002 Gujarat riots, then back-stabbed them

Hardik Patel to Modi: You used Patels for 2002 Gujarat riots, then back-stabbed them

Arya Kumar Sharma/Catch News

Marking one year of the Patels’ agitation for reservations, Hardik Patel has dashed off a letter to Narendra Modi, directly accusing him of orchestrating the anti-Muslim carnage of 2002.

The exiled leader of the agitation – he is staying in Udaipur, Rajasthan, as required by the conditions of his bail in a sedition case – lamented that the prime minister has not helped release the Patels who are in prison for their involvement in the riots.

Hardik’s allegations are nothing new; Modi has faced such accusations for years from opposition parties and rights activists. This is, however, the first time they are coming from within the Patel community, which has long provided the foot soldiers to carry out the Sangh Parivar’s often violent agenda in Gujarat.

At the same time, the influential community has been the backbone of the ruling BJP for the past three decades, providing muscle power, money and even logistic supports for the extravagant celebrations that Modi’s reign as Gujarat chief minister is known for.

Hardik’s note to the prime minister, written in Gujarati, doesn’t start with the usual salutations. He aims right for the sensitive spot: “Everyone knows that the 2002 riots were organised by Narendra Modi”. The subject of the letter is, “Modiji, you have stabbed Patels in the back”.

Now 23, Hardik was nine-years-old during the riots but he learnt about the Patel community’s role apparently from his father, a member of the BJP in their hometown of Viramgam.

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one year of the Patels’ agitation for reservations, Hardik Patel has dashed off a letter to Narendra Modi, directly accusing him of orchestrating the anti-Muslim carnage of 2002.

The exiled leader of the agitation – he is staying in Udaipur, Rajasthan, as required by the conditions of his bail in a sedition case – lamented that the prime minister has not helped release the Patels who are in prison for their involvement in the riots.

Hardik’s allegations are nothing new; Modi has faced such accusations for years from opposition parties and rights activists. This is, however, the first time they are coming from within the Patel community, which has long provided the foot soldiers to carry out the Sangh Parivar’s often violent agenda in Gujarat.

At the same time, the influential community has been the backbone of the ruling BJP for the past three decades, providing muscle power, money and even logistic supports for the extravagant celebrations that Modi’s reign as Gujarat chief minister is known for.

Hardik’s note to the prime minister, written in Gujarati, doesn’t start with the usual salutations. He aims right for the sensitive spot: “Everyone knows that the 2002 riots were organised by Narendra Modi”. The subject of the letter is, “Modiji, you have stabbed Patels in the back”.

Now 23, Hardik was nine-years-old during the riots but he learnt about the Patel community’s role apparently from his father, a member of the BJP in their hometown of Viramgam.http://www.catchnews.com/india-news/hardik-patel-writes-to-modi-you-used-patels-for-2002-gujarat-riots-then-back-stabbed-them-1472312091.html

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  1. K SHESHU BABU

    Truth is coming out from the people of the very community which perpetrated violence and murdered Muslims on the behest of the BJP and its Gujarat former CM. Patel community has long been a staunch ally of Modi and hoped for appeasements through sanctioning quota in reserved category. Now, their hopes are dashed. Si, they are coming out with truth. Patel’s letter is exposing the massacres of Gujarat riots and the participation of supremo’s like Amit Shah. The cases must be rebooked and investigated.

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