Ahmedabad: Patidar leader Hardik Patel, whose indefinite hunger strike entered its tenth day on Monday, declared his will on Sunday– in case he dies while on hunger strike. Patel left a part of his money to the families of the 14 Patidar youths who died during 2015 quota agitation. The State government is yet to respond to his protest.
He has Rs 50,000 in his bank account out of which he declared Rs 20,000 to be given to his parents and the rest to be donated to a cattle shelter in his village Viramgam. Patel’s other assets which include a car, insurance money and royalty money to be collected from his biography [currently under publication] ‘Who took my job’ –are to be divided into three parts: 15 per cent for his parents (Bharatbhai and Ushaben), 15 per cent for sister Monica and the remaining for the kin of the 14 youth who died in the 2015 quota agitation.
He announced he will donate his eyes too. Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Manoj Panara who announced Patel’s will said the latter’s health is deteriorating quickly. “It’s possible that Hardik might not be able to speak or talk in the next 24-48 hours…therefore declared his will,” Panara told the Indian Express.
The doctor has advised him to get admitted to a hospital. Various politicians visited Patel’s Ahmedabad residence on Sunday including former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, National Congress Party leader Jayant Boskey, and Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Pradesh Dhanani.
Patel who gave up food on August 25 is demanding OBC reservation for his Patidar community. Several opposition leaders from Congress, TMC, RJD, and AAP have extended their support to the leader.