Hardik pledges support to Congress in Gujarat polls

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Pressed to give details, Sibal said the Congress was not a party that goes back on its promises or that filed sedition charges on a protesting Hardik.

Meanwhile, clearing the air about ticket distribution, Hardik, "I never asked for any ticket from the Congress party to contest the assembly polls and there is "no conflict within the PAAS".

With Congress - Patidar Amanat Arakshan Samiti (PASS) bonhomie going sour following release of candidates' list by the Congress for the Gujarat Assembly polls, the Party high command on Tuesday summoned State party chief Bharat Singh Solanki to Delhi. "We have not sought any tickets from the Congress. Dilip Sabva did not inform me about his nomination from Botad seat and he will withdraw his form". Patel, while addressing the media in Ahmedabad, said the party will introduce a bill in the Gujarat Assembly for reservation, if they win the forthcoming elections. "His (Hardik's) mistakes have been forgiven considering him as a son, else so many like him have come and gone". However, he did not say about PAAS alliance with the Congress. On Monday, PAAS supporters ransacked Congress offices in Surat after the party declared its first list of candidates.

Implementing the quota might be hard. The scheduled castes have 7% and the scheduled tribes 15%, making a total of 49%, just under the 50% reservation cap set by the Supreme Court. Under these circumstances, it is unlikely that the apex court will entertain the Congress' plea of providing further reservations to Patels in Gujarat. "The Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31, and provisions of section 46", he said.

Aticle 31C "saves" laws made by the state to give effect to certain directive principles, even if such laws are in violation of fundamental rights under Article 14.

Speaking at a media briefing, the union minister said, "The Congress-Hardik club is one of mutual deception". In the I R Coelho case on January 11, 2007, the apex court ruled, "The constitutional validity of the Ninth Schedule laws on the touchstone of basic structure doctrine can be adjudged by applying the direct impact and effect test, that is the (fundamental) rights test, which means the form of an amendment is not the relevant factor, but the outcome thereof would be (the) determinative factor".