Hardik indicates heightened activity in MP


Bhopal, Hinting at an increased level of political activity in Madhya Pradesh in near future, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel today said that he would visit the heartland state more often. Mr Patel was in the state capital to take part in a farmers’ rally here. Talking to media, he tore into the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime over the killing of six peasants in firing during an agitation in Mandsaur last year and described it as anti-farmer. “I would expose the true face of the dispensation before the public,” he said. Mr Patel, who is also scheduled to take part in a programme organised on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti today, said that he was embarking on a new beginning on the occasion. He also lambasted the Centre and the state government over unemployment, condition of employees and the recently-unearthed Punjab National Bank scam. Meanwhile, Mr Patel’s indications to increase political activity in the state has triggered mixed political reactions. While state BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal said that democracy entitled everyone to go anywhere and place his viewpoint without provoking unrest, his Congress counterpart Bhupendra Gupta welcomed him describing it as a step against oppression of farmers. Congress legislator Alpesh Thakor arrived Bhopal last week. The trioka of Alpesh Thakor, Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mewani had presented a tough challenge before the ruling BJP during the recently-concluded assembly elections.Mr Thakor had joined the Congress just before Gujarat elections. Assembly elections are proposed in Madhya Pradesh this year end.