|Born||20 July 1993|
Viramgam, Gujarat, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
Kinjal Patel (m. 2019)
|Known for||Patidar reservation agitation|
Hardik Patel was born on 20 July 1993 in a Gujarati Patel family to Bharat and Usha Patel. In 2004, his parents moved to Viramgam. Hardik studied from Class VI to Class VIII at Divya Jyot School in Viramgam, before moving to K B Shah Vinay Mandir, where he studied until Class XII. He was a poor student and a cricket enthusiast.
In 2010, Patel joined Sahajanand College, Ahmedabad. He ran for the post of general secretary of the college students' union and was elected unopposed. In 2013, he received Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com.) degree.
Social and political activism
On 31 October 2012 Hardik Patel joined the Sardar Patel Group (SPG), a Patidar youth body, and within less than a month, became president of its Viramgam unit. In 2015, Hardik Patel was ousted from his post with the SPG after a conflict with its leader, Lalji Patel.
In July 2015 Patel's sister, Monica, failed to qualify for a state government scholarship. He was upset when Monica's friend qualified for the same scholarship through the Other Backward Class (OBC) quota even though she had scored lower marks. Recognizing that affirmative policies were benefiting other castes but not Patidars, Patel formed the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) which claim itself as an apolitical organization that aims to get Patidars included in the OBC quota.
With support of PAAS, Patel led the Patidar reservation agitation starting July 2015. He organized several rallies across Gujarat. On 25 August 2015, a large number of Patidars from all over Gujarat gathered at GMDC ground, Ahmedabad for a rally. That evening, he was briefly arrested by Ahmedabad City Police when he went on fast after a rally held earlier in the day had dispersed. Violent protests broke out in response, forcing the Gujarat state government to impose a curfew and call in the Indian Army. He continues to lead the agitation.
Patel backed the campaign of the Indian National Congress in 2017 Gujarat legislative assembly election. On 12 March 2019, he joined Indian National Congress. But he did not contest the 2019 Indian general election because of his conviction of the rioting offence in Mehsana in 2015 which barred him from contesting..
In November 2017, the sex tapes of Patel was released on social media and went viral. Patel claimed that he was a victim of dirty politics and the video only proved that he is not impotent.
On 18 October 2015, Patel was booked for insulting the National Flag of India, in a case registered in Rajkot. He was briefly detained for trying to disrupt the one-day international (ODI) cricket match between India and South Africa. On 19 October 2015, Patel was booked in Surat under the charges of sedition over alleged remarks about 'killing cops'. Subsequently he was imprisoned. On 15 July 2016, Patel was granted bail on the condition that he would stay out of the state for six months and out of Mehsana for nine months. He moved to Udaipur for this period.
On 25 July 2018 Patel was found guilty of rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly. The three were fined Rs. 50,000 apart from the two-year imprisonment, but were granted bail soon after the verdict.
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