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Chanting Hardik's name, Patels create chaos at Amit Shah’s Patidar meet in Surat; vandalise furniture

BJP president Amit Shah was today booed off stage by the members of Hardik Patel's Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti who created ruckus and vanadalised furniture at a programme in Surat.

India TV Politics Desk, Surat [ Updated: September 08, 2016 23:42 IST ]
Patels create chaos at Amit Shah’s Patidar meet in Surat
Image Source : ANI Patels create chaos at Amit Shah’s Patidar meet in Surat

BJP president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani were today booed off stage by the members of Hardik Patel's Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti who created ruckus and vanadalised furniture at a programme to felicitate Patel leaders here. 

Hardik Patel’s supporters went on a rampage at the venue of Amit Shah’s meeting with the leaders of the Patidar community in Surat. 

The crowd started chanting “Hardik, Hardik” as Shah and Union minister Purshottam Rupala was speaking on the stage. 

Chaos prevailed outside the venue as well as in Mota Varraccha area, where Patidar community members from the locality hurled stones at police. 

The function, supposed to be the show of strength of BJP in the Patidar stronghold, wound up hastily within minutes with Patel leaders cutting short their speeches while Shah could speak for hardly four minutes amid sloganeering.

The ruckus started even before the commencement of the function with the Patel quota agitators raising slogans like "Jai Sardar, Jai Patidar" and hailing Hardik, even as they damaged furniture at the venue and flung chairs in air. 

The programme was organised by 'Patidar Abhivadan Samiti', an outfit floated by a local businessmen, to felicitate Patidar leaders including the newly-appointed state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Manshukh Mandaviya. 

India Tv - People welcome Amit Shah on his arrival for Patidar Abhivadan Samaroh in Surat

Image Source : PTIPeople welcome Amit Shah on his arrival for Patidar Abhivadan Samaroh in Surat

Though police detained several members of Patidar community, the protest continued. The slogan shouting continued even when top BJP leaders like Shah and Rupani started their respective address, forcing them to cut short their speech. 

While Shah wound up within four minutes, Rupani too could not speak for more than three minutes. 

India Tv - Amit Shah being garlanded at a function in Surat

Image Source : PTIAmit Shah being garlanded at a function in Surat

The organisers abruptly declared the programme closed and the leaders were whisked away. 

The showdown was anticipated as the programme, viewed as BJP's outreach to Patels for 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections, was organised in the Patel-dominated Mota Varraccha area. 

Hardik-led PAAS and Sardar Patel Group (SPG) of Lalji Patel, who are spearheading the quota stir, had called upon their supporters yesterday to protest at the venue of today's programme.

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