Bringing the curtains down on his 14-day fast, Patidar reservation stir leader Hardik Patel got admitted at the Sola Civil Hospital on Friday afternoon.
The development came minutes after Naresh Patel, chairman of the influential Khodaldham Trust, met Hardik, and convinced him to call off his fast.“I met Hardik Patel and told him that everyone is worried about his health. I assured him that Khodaldham and Umiyadham will table his demands before the state government, and try to resolve his demands,” Naresh Patel told media-persons after meeting Hardik
The influential Patidar community leader said that Hardik had not told him clearly when he could call off his fast, but had assured that he would respect his and the community’s sentiments.However, less than half an hour after meeting Naresh Patel, Hardik left for Sola Civil Hospital for getting admitted. Congress MLA Lalit Vasoya said that the decision to get hospitalised was taken to prevent any further damage to Hardik’s health.
A team of doctors was on standby to attend to Hardik, who has lost more than 10 kilos since he began fasting on August 25. He had also stopped taking water since yesterday evening, further worsening his condition. Officials said that the Sola Civil Hospital had been turned into a fortress with deployment of dozens of police personnel. Hardik went on fast demanding reservation for Patidars, waiver of farmers’ loans, and release of his aide Alpesh Kathiria from jail. He was forced to sit on fast at his residence after he was refused permission to do so at a public venue.
Support was thin for the fast in initial days as police did not allow many supporters to reach his residence. However, support swelled over the days with a number of protests at many places in his support. Prayer meetings were also organised for his good health. Besides Congress, representatives of AAP, TMC, NCP and several other parties met Hardik over the last two weeks, and extended support to him. BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha and former union minister Yashwant Sinha also met him and declared support.