Morning briefing: Hardik Patel calls for Gujarat bandh, Whatsapp and SMS suspended to contain rumour mongering

GN Staff | August 26, 2015


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Patels community leader Hardik Patel has called for a bandh in Gujarat today. In a late night message on WhatsApp, he also said, "I make an appeal to maintain peace and keep calm."  Meanwhile, internet services on mobile phones have been suspended in some parts of the state to check the spread of rumours through Whatsapp and SMS. Internet can be accessed on computers in homes and offices. There is curfew in some areas of Ahmedabad and Surat where there has been violence after 21-year-old Hardik Patel was briefly detained on Tuesday night. Schools and colleges are closed today in Ahmedabad, There is a  demand for reservation in government jobs and colleges for the Patel community or Patidars. Chief Minister Anandiben, who also belongs to the Patel community, has said the Patels cannot be added to the list of castes entitled to quotas because Gujarat has hit the cap of 50 per cent reservation ordered by the Supreme Court.

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