New Delhi: Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday announced the formation of a new group, Akhil Bhartiya Patel Navnirman Sena, with the aim to unite the Kurmi, Gujjar, Maratha and Patel communities.
Patel, who has been spearheading protests in Gujarat to demand reservations for the Patel community, said at a press conference here that the new organisation would try to mobilise support of these communities on the issue of reservation.
Akhilesh Katiyar will be the general secretary of ABPNS.
Katiyar was earlier with the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, which was led by Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha. The former was expelled from RLSP after he organised Patel’s first public meeting in Delhi.
Patel plans to organise a ‘Mahasabha’ (grand meeting) in the national capital next month to further his cause.
“The Akhil Bhartiya Patel Navnirman Sena will fight for the cause of farmers, labourers and youth of the country. We’ll organise a huge rally of all the communities from Delhi, Rajasthan and neighbouring states at Ramlila Maidan next month,” he said.
The Patel Navnirman Sena will organise a ‘Mahasammelan’ (grand conference) of five lakh women in Gujarat on 4 October.
On 11 October, another Mahasabha of 10 lakh Patidars will be organised in Madhya Pradesh.
Patel said he would fight for reservation in government jobs on the basis of castes.
Earlier, he had indicated that he would fight for reservation in jobs according to the economic condition of the candidate.
We are not breaking the unity of various communities, Patel said.
“We are working to unite people. Only the political parties think about fighting with each other. Patel community always thought about uniting everyone, including the Gujjars, Kurmis and other communities.”