Times of India | 1 week ago | 23-11-2022 | 07:12 am
It is a tradition in Ahmedabad to use old names prefixed by ‘new’ for areas that are being newly developed. The same is being applied to Viramgam’s political scene — a ‘new’ Hardik Patel will fight BJP’s Hardik Patel in the 2022 poll. The 41-year-old says, “BJP’s Hardik Patel had promised to get justice for 14 youths who lost their lives in the Patidarstir in 2015. He failed to fulfil his promise to the community. So, I decided to fight him in the poll. ” The independent candidate, who has filled in his contest form as Hardik Jagdishchandra Patel, has been campaigning as “New Hardik Patel”. “There are 60,000 Patidar votes in Viramgam constituency. I have promised 24-hour power supply to farmers, abolishment of corruption and reduction in educational expenses for kids,” he told TOI. The BJP candidate’s full name is Hardik Bharatkumar Patel. There was also a third Hardik Patel who had filed his nomination, but later withdrew from the poll battle.