Hardik Patel: News

Hardik Patel is a young Patidar leader and an Indian National Congress (INC) politician from Gujarat. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree in 2013 from Sahajanand College, Gujarat University. Patel, along with some other leaders, had been fighting to obtain OBC status for the Patidar community and formed the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) in 2015. The same year, the Patidar agitation first came into the limelight due to the occurrence of mob violence in Visnagar, Gujarat. A BJP MLA’s office was set ablaze during the violence leading to FIRs against many, including Patel. A month later, he addressed a massive rally at GMDC Ground which led to riots in the state, following which he spent nine months in jail on charges of inciting violence. He emerged as a young leader of the Patidar movement, gaining immense popularity by the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections in which he supported the Congress party. BJP could muster a majority by a very thin margin, finishing below the 100-seat mark. Patel joined the INC in 2019. He was appointed Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee's (GPCC) Working President in July 2020 at just 26 years of age.

02 Jun 2022

Sonia Gandhi

Once face of Patidar quota agitation, Hardik Patel joins BJP

Hardik Patel, who left the Congress last month, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat's Gandhinagar on Thursday.

Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel to join BJP on Thursday

Weeks after leaving the Indian National Congress, Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel is all set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, reported ANI.

28 May 2022

Narendra Modi

BJP attempts to reconcile with Patidars through Modi's Gujarat visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, in a bid to woo the Patidar community before the next Gujarat Assembly polls, launched a multi-specialty hospital in Atkot village of Rajkot.

25 May 2022

Sonia Gandhi

Joining BJP an option, AAP's strategy better than Congress: Patel

Former Congress leader Hardik Patel on Tuesday said that joining the Gujarat's ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) barely months before the assembly elections, is still a possibility.

18 May 2022

Sonia Gandhi

Huge blow to Gujarat Congress as Hardik Patel quits party

In a huge blow to Congress, its Gujarat leader Hardik Patel resigned from the primary membership of the party on Wednesday amid speculations of infighting in the party's state unit.

08 Jun 2020

Narendra Modi

Gujarat: After three resignations, Congress MLAs shifted to resorts

Over concerns that more MLAs will ditch the party before crucial Rajya Sabha elections of June 19, the Congress party in Gujarat shifted most of its legislators to different resorts.

19 Apr 2019


Man slaps 'Hitler' Hardik Patel at rally, explains his act

In an unprecedented incident, a man slapped Congress leader Hardik Patel at a rally in Sundernagar in Gujarat, on Friday.

Reel PM Modi, Vivek Oberoi, named BJP's star-campaigner in Gujarat

The list of Bharatiya Janata Party's star-campaigners in Gujarat started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ended with actor Vivek Oberoi.

29 Mar 2019


Hardik Patel, convicted in 2015 case, won't contest polls

Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who recently joined Congress, won't contest upcoming polls since a Gujarat High Court rejected his plea seeking a stay on his conviction.

12 Mar 2019

Narendra Modi

At mega rally of Congress, Priyanka Gandhi makes miss-and-blink appearance

Weeks after her formal entry into politics was announced, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressed a large crowd at Gandhinagar in Gujarat for the first time.

12 Mar 2019

West Bengal

Hardik Patel joins Congress in Rahul Gandhi's presence

Hardik Patel, the firebrand leader who led the Patidar agitation, joined Congress on Tuesday in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi.

12 Mar 2019

Narendra Modi

In PM Modi's state, Rahul, Sonia, Priyanka discuss general elections

On Tuesday, the three Gandhis- Sonia, Rahul, and Priyanka, went to Gujarat the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to chalk out the strategy of upcoming general elections which will start from April 11.

27 Jan 2019

West Bengal

Gujarat: Hardik Patel gets married to childhood friend Kinjal Parikh

Hardik Patel, the Patidar leader from Gujarat, tied the knot with his childhood friend Kinjal Parikh on Sunday, January 27.

19 Jan 2019

Narendra Modi

Thieves, publicity PM and more: What opposition leaders said today

On Saturday, opposition leaders savagely attacked NDA at Centre and primarily Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a number of issues.

12 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

Gujarat: BJP youth leader calls Rahul Gandhi 'mentally ill'

Abhijat Mishra, the National General Secretary of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), likened Congress President Rahul Gandhi to a 'spoiled brat' and 'mentally ill child'.

03 Sep 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Hardik Patel's will: Parents, protesters and 'gaushala' named as inheritors

Patidar leader Hardik Patel, whose hunger strike entered ninth day on Sunday, said he has prepared his will, anticipating he would die early.

25 Aug 2018


Gujarat: Hardik Patel begins indefinite fast for Patidar quota

Patidar leader Hardik Patel began an indefinite fast at his sprawling farmhouse in Gujarat's Ahmedabad today to press for quota for the community after the Gujarat government refused permission for various protest venues he had sought.

12 Aug 2018

Madhya Pradesh

'Faceless' Congress will be wiped out of MP: BJP leader

The Congress is a "faceless, senseless and baseless" party that has no public leader and will be wiped out of Madhya Pradesh in the upcoming Assembly polls, former BJP state president Prabhat Jha said.

28 Jul 2018


Sena wants Munde to become Maharashtra-CM to clear Maratha-quota file

Taking a dig at Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, the Shiv Sena today said that his cabinet colleague Pankaja Munde should be made the CM for at least an hour to clear the Maratha reservation file.

25 Jul 2018


2015 riots: Hardik Patel sentenced to 2 years in prison

Hardik Patel was sentenced to two years in prison by a Gujarat court in connection to the 2015 riots during the Patel quota movement.

07 Jul 2018


Gujarat: Hardik, Alpesh, Jignesh booked for raid at woman's house

Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and Gujarat MLAs Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani were booked on charges of trespassing after allegedly leading a "raid" at a house where they claimed liquor was illegally stored.

14 Jun 2018


Hardik claims Gujarat-CM Rupani resigned; CM rubbishes it as 'lies'

Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel today stirred a controversy by making a claim about the resignation of Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, who rubbished it as "lies" and "false rumors".

11 Jun 2018


Hardik Patel: Sunny Leone deserves as much respect as Sridevi-Madhuri

In a rather quirky statement, Patidaar leader Hardik Patel has said that in order to change for the better, the country needs to respect Sunny Leone as much as it does other mainstream Bollywood heroines.

07 Jun 2018

Madhya Pradesh

Unidentified people throw eggs, slippers at Hardik Patel's car

Unidentified persons allegedly threw eggs and slippers at the car of Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur today.

10 Feb 2018

West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee to Hardik Patel: Join Trinamool Congress

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee recently met Hardik Patel, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti's convener, at the State Secretariat and urged him to join Trinamool Congress.

22 Dec 2017


Karnataka: Can the Lingayat movement be compared with Patidar agitation?

After the Gujarat battle, focus has now shifted to the Karnataka Assembly elections to be held in early 2018. This is Congress's largest remaining bastion.

20 Dec 2017

Narendra Modi

Mevani: Modi has become old, should go to Himalayas!

The day after BJP returned to power in Gujarat, Congress-backed "three musketeers" OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, Patidar agitator Hardik Patel and Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani suggested that PM Modi should quit politics.

18 Dec 2017

Narendra Modi

#IndiaDecidesOn18th: Hardik-Jignesh-Alpesh trio saves the day for Congress!

Congress's alliance with the trio of Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel, Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani and OBC activist Alpesh Thakor allowed it to give BJP a tough fight.

18 Dec 2017


BJP vs. Congress: Top 8 Gujarat Assembly Election controversies

With BJP leading in the Gujarat Assembly Elections, it looks like the party is heading for a victory in the state for the sixth consecutive time.

18 Dec 2017


#IndiaDecidesOn18th: Incumbent Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani wins Rajkot (West)

Leading from front, incumbent CM Vijay Rupani won Rajkot (west) by around 25,000 votes. Though he was initially trailing against Congress's Indranil Rajguru, he made an impressive comeback.

18 Dec 2017

Narendra Modi

#IndiaDecidesOn18th: In Gujarat, trends show BJP leading in 98 seats

For Gujarat assembly elections, counting of votes began at 8am.

17 Dec 2017

Narendra Modi

#IndiaDecidesOn18: Gujarat elections- Five key battles to watch out for

It's a prestige battle for the BJP as it attempts to retain control of Gujarat, PM Narendra Modi's home state, in the assembly elections.

14 Dec 2017

Narendra Modi

Gujarat Phase II: 2.23cr voters in 93 constituencies cast ballot

About 2.3cr voters across 93 constituencies in North and Central Gujarat are casting their ballot in the second phase of the Gujarat elections today.

11 Dec 2017

Narendra Modi

Gujarat Polls: Modi, Rahul Gandhi denied permission to hold roadshows

With the second phase of the Gujarat polls coming up, PM Narendra Modi and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi have hit the campaign trail with a vengeance.

07 Dec 2017


Gujarat polls: Hardik Patel sex-CDs Part III go viral

Apart from Hardik's capacity to draw massive crowd at rallies, his purported sex-CDs continue to provide him sensational coverage.

04 Dec 2017


Gujarat Elections: Congress manifesto promises relief to farmers; Patidar quotas

Congress released its manifesto for the upcoming Gujarat elections. The 182-member Assembly will go to polls on December 9 and 14. Ashok Gehlot and Bharatsinh Vaghela released it in Ahmedabad.

29 Nov 2017


PM Modi: Congress gave hand-pump model, BJP delivered Narmada model

Ahead of the upcoming Gujarat elections, PM Narendra Modi will address four rallies. He began with an election rally in Morbi. These will be followed by rallies in Prachi (Somnath), Palitana (Bhavnagar) and Navsari (south Gujarat).

22 Nov 2017


Gujarat elections: After weeks of drama, Hardik Patel backs Congress

After weeks of dilly-dallying over seat distribution and quota negotiations, Patidar leader Hardik Patel has announced his tie-up with Congress for the upcoming Gujarat elections.

21 Nov 2017


Gujarat Elections: Why is Congress adhering to Hardik Patel's demands?

Hardik Patel and Congress have been involved in some hard-nosed negotiations for the upcoming Gujarat elections.

20 Nov 2017


Gujarat elections: Congress-Patidars agree on quotas, clash over seat-sharing

In a dramatic turn of events, after weeks of uncertainty, Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Congress reached an agreement on quotas but disagreed on seat-sharing.