New Delhi: The BJP is repeatedly harassing Hardik Patel, who fights for the rights of farmers and employment for youths, said Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday.
“BJP is repeatedly harassing Hardik Patel, who fights for the rights of farmers and employment for youths. Hardik has raised the people’s voice, asked for jobs for them, make the demand for the scholarship. Launched farmers’ movement. BJP is terming all this as sedition,” said Gandhi in a tweet.
Congress leader Patel, who has been sent to judicial custody till January 24, was arrested on Saturday after he failed to appear before a trial court in Ahmedabad in connection with an alleged case of sedition.
Patel was booked by the Crime Branch in 2015 under sedition charges over his provocative remarks where he allegedly asked his supporters to kill the policemen rather than committing suicide for the cause of reservation.
However, Patel has asserted that there is no evidence against him in the charge-sheet filed by the Crime Branch with regard to criminal conspiracy and inciting people to dislodge the government during the violent agitation that followed the gathering of Patidar community on August 25, 2015.