In the nearly two years since Hardik Patel joined the Congress, the Lok Sabha elections and bypolls to eight Assembly seats have gone by with Gujarat now in the middle of state-wide local body polls. But the youth leader, who rattled the BJP government with the Patidar quota agitation in 2015, feels his party is not using him enough. Its leaders “might be wanting to pull me down”, he says.
During a campaign stop at Ravapur in Morbi, Hardik says the Congress’s state leadership did not organise a single public meeting for him ahead of the local body elections. Over the last ten days, he says, he has attended 27 public rallies, all on his own. And, he is sure that if the late Ahmed Patel were alive, the veteran would not have let the BJP gain 219 seats uncontested so far.