Day 14 of fast: Hardik Patel’s health worsens, rushed to hospital

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AHMEDABAD: Patidar agitation spearhead Hardik Patel was on Friday rushed to a hospital on the 14th day of his indefinite fast as he complained of difficulty in breathing.

He was admitted to the Government Civil Hospital in Sola a day after he gave up even taking water in protest against the government ignoring his demands.

His associates in the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), who had given a 24-hour ultimatum till Thursday to the Bharatiya Janata Party government to hold negotiations with him and stated that Patel would give up water, rushed him to the hospital.

The 25-year-old leader has lost over 20 kg in the past two weeks. His kidney, heart, liver and several other organs had been “infected” had been affected by his continuous fast, PAAS leader Manoj Panara told reporters.

Panara said Hardik, who took a stroll in a wheel-chair of the compound of his residence where he is fasting and met some of his supporters in the afternoon and the State Government would be responsible for the consequences.

Panara came up with an allegation, though unsubstantiated, that the PAAS had “definite information” that the state government was “conspiring to kill Hardik” as a warning to all those who dared raised their voice “against the autocratic rule of the BJP”.

Meanwhile, a state Congress delegation called on Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and submitted a memorandum requesting him to intervene and initiate dialogue with the PAAS to break the impasse.