Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel is gearing up for a fresh round of campaign against Gujarat government even as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) once again swept the elections with a majority.
However, the young firebrand leader says he has learned from his poll debacle, “I am just 23-year-old, I must run around, fall, get up and learn from my mistakes,” Hardik Patel told India TV in an exclusive interview.
Patel said that he will relaunch his campaign on January 1, next year. The main aim will be to educate rural and urban populous of Gujarat against the economic and developmental issues, he added.
Stressing that his mission is not just to stage protests, the Patidar leader claimed that his revolution will take many forms and continue till the demands are met.
“We are not averse to meeting the ruling party leaders, as long as they are ready to sit down and discuss the issues raised by our campaign.”
“If demands are met, we can also take back our protests,” he added.
On the question of his association with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Patel admitted that even though he has not met him yet, but he is likely to soon.”I have ample amount of time to learn now, will meet everyone in the due process – not just Rahul Gandhi but all good leaders from different parties,” Hardik told India TV reporter.
Geared up by the overwhelming response to his young campaign for Patidar rights, Hardik said he will not shy away from any charges, if levied, for breaking law while organizing political rallies without proper permission.
Hardik Patel, too young to fight elections himself, had thrown his weight behind Congress party after a promise of reservation for the Patel community. Even as Congress failed to secure the majority in the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly, candidates backed by Patel have done well in the polls.