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Hardik Patel spearheaded the Patidar reservation agitation before he plunged into active politics as an Indian National Congress member. Primarily a social activist he was involved in the Sardar Patel Group (SPG), a Patidar youth body and later was elected president of its Viramgam unit. He led the Patidar movement in 2015, when his sister failed to secure the state government scholarship. Her friend who secured lower rank and belonged to OBC, cinched in a scholarship. This revealed the discrimination wrought upon the Patidars of the community. He worked on INC's campaign in 2017 and was subsequently appointed as a part member.
He was forced out from his post with the SPG after a conflict with its leader, Lalji Patel. He was incapable of contesting the 2019 election due to his alleged involvement in the 2015 riots that ensued during the Patidar reservation agitation.
Political Timeline of Hardik Patel
Hardik Patel joined BJP on 2 Jun, 2022.
Hardik Patel left Congress on 16 May 2022
Hardik Patel joined Indian National Congress party on 12 March 2019. He wanted to fight lok sabha election but couldn't do.
A staunch critic of BJP led then Gujarat government, Hardik Patel supported Congress party in 2017 Gujarat assembly election.
Hardik Patel hit national headlines as he founded Patidar Amanat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and waged movement for uplifting the community.
Due to differences with the fellow leaders of the Sardar Patel Group, Hardik left the group.
Hardik Patel joined a Patidar community outfit named Sardar Patel Group on On 31 October 2012 and shortly got elevated to the president of its youth wing.
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