Earlier in the day, Hardik Patel said Congress party has accepted their demands for reservations to Patidars. Slamming the PAAS chief over reservation row, he said, "Hardik is aware that over 50 per cent reservation is not possible".
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, at a briefing in New Delhi on Wednesday, said the reservation cap of 50 per cent "cannot be breached", with the Gujarat Assembly polls coming up. Last week, it was reaffirmed that the 50 per cent reservation cap can not be breached. The apex court called the limitation a "constitutional prohibition".
The law of the land is very clear and that has been laid down by the Supreme Court. Such attempts by many states have previously been struck down by the judiciary. "The Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31, and provisions of section 46", he said. "Hardik today claimed that he has received the proposal about reservation from Congress".
Article 46 is enshrined in the directive principles of the state policy that ask of the state to promote educational and economic interests of the weaker sections of society. He also said that it would not affect the existing 49 percent reservation for the SC, ST and OBCs as has been perceived before.
He said that the Congress party will bring in a bill once they come to power in the poll-bound Gujarat.More news: Galaxy X prematurely listed on Samsung's website
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Hardik mentioned that with an aim to fight the BJP, the Patidars will offer support to Congress, directly or indirectly.
The Patidar leader has said the Congress will include the extension of reservation benefit to Patidars in its election manifesto.
Congress on Monday put out a second list of candidates, in which four candidates from its first list were dropped to accommodate four others with an intention to pacify the PAAS leaders.
Three out of these four are PAAS nominees, who Hardik and his supporters have backed vociferously. Congress gave its ticket to Ashok Jirawala, yet a defiant Kumbhani filed his nomination papers with the party mandate at 10.30 am on Tuesday.