Hardik Patel shifted to hospital on 14th day of fast for quota

Source: PTI | By Shahid Mukhtesar | Published on 8th September 2018, 2:22 PM | National News |

Ahmedabad : Patidar leader Hardik Patel was admitted to a hospital here Friday after his supporters claimed that his health deteriorated on the 14th day of his indefinite fast.

Doctors at the Sola Civil Hospital, however, said his vital health parameters were normal.

The Patidar Ananmat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), which Hardik Patel leads, said he will continue his fast from the hospital.

PASS spokesperson Manoj Panara said that Hardik agreed to shift to the Sola Civil Hospital after his supporters requested him to do so in view of his failing health.

After the 24-hour ultimatum given by the PAAS to the government to start talks with him ended, Hardik stopped taking even water Thursday, Panara said.

"Hardik's agitation will continue. But as his health has deteriorated due to the 14-day fast, we requested him to get hospitalised," Panara told reporters.

Later in the night, Panara said they planned to shift Hardik to a private hospital on SG Highway.

Hardik tweeted from his hospital bed that his fast will continue.

"My indefinite hunger strike is still on and it will continue until our demands are met. I am being administered glucose. I will continue to abstain from taking food and water. I will fight but will not bow down," he tweeted.

A bulletin issued by the Sola Civil Hospital said, "All the parameters of Hardik such as pulse, blood pressure and oxygen level are found to be normal. He has been administered glucose which will help him overcome weakness." 

The hospital authorities said Hardik was in the ICU and a team of doctors was treating him.

The state government said Friday that it was always open to talks.

"Hardik got himself admitted to the hospital today of his own will. Our doctors are giving best treatment to him so that his health is restored," Energy Minister Saurash Patel told reporters in Gandhinagar.

"Our doors are open to everybody for talks. We will talk with anyone who wishes to raise any issues with the government. But if somebody tries to play politics on the quota issue, our response will also be political," the ministersaid.

Hardik was shifted to the hospital shortly after senior Patidar leader and president of Khodaldham Trust Naresh Patel advised him to call off the hunger strike or at least take medical treatment.

"Hardik has not taken water for the last 18 hours. I told him that everyone is worried about his health and he should call off the hunger strike as soon as possible," said  Naresh Patel.

"Hardik asked me to be a mediator (with the government). So representatives of Khodaldham, along with another Patidar body, Umiya Dham Sansthan, will try to talk with the government to break the deadlock. Our priority is to see that Hardik's health does not deteriorate," Naresh Patel added.

"If needed, we will pressure the government to accept Hardik's demands. Though the issue of reservation may take longer to resolve, we hope that the state government shows a positive attitude towards the other two demands," he said.

Hardik launched his indefinite fast on August 25 from his house here, demanding reservations in government jobs and education for the Patidar community and loan waiver for farmers in Gujarat.

Later, he added another demand -- that his close aide Alpesh Kathiria, recently arrested in a 2015 sedition case against Hardik and others, be released.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress leaders, in a show of support for Hardik, Friday observed a 24-hour fast.

Leader of Opposition in Assembly Paresh Dhanani protested outside the collector's office here, while state Congress cief Amitc Chavda sat on a hunger strike in Anand.

Chavda questioned why no one from the government side met Hardik.

Dhanani called Hardik's demand of farm loan waiver legitimate, claiming that  Gujarat farmers are reeling under debt as they are not getting the right price for their produce.

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