The quota agitation leader said he is not daunted by the sentence as he is already walking in the shroud of death.
Ahmedabad: Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday said the BJP's "Hitlershahi" cannot prevent him from fighting for "truth, farmers, youth and poor", soon after he was awarded a two-year jail term in connection with a rioting case.
A Sessions’ court in Visnagar town of Gujarat's Mehsana district on Wednesday sentenced Hardik Patel and two of his aides -- Lalji Patel and AK Patel -- to two years imprisonment in a case of rioting and arson lodged against him and 16 others in July 2015. Later, the three were granted bail by the same court.
While the court held the three persons guilty of rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly, it let off the other 14 accused for want of enough evidence against them.
Soon after the court verdict, Patel tweeted in Hindi, "If it is a sin to fight for social justice and rights, then I am a sinner. If those who fight for the truth and rights are rebels, then I am a rebel. BJP's Hitlershahi cannot suppress my fight for truth, farmers, youth and poor by putting me behind bars."
सामाजिक न्याय और सामाजिक अधिकार के लिए लड़ना अगर गुनाह हैं तो हाँ मैं गुनहगार हूँ।सत्य और अधिकार की लड़ाई लड़ने वाला अगर बाग़ी है तो हाँ मैं बाग़ी हूँ।सलाखों के पीछे सत्य,किसान,युवा और ग़रीबों के लिए लड़ने वाली मेरी आवाज़ को भाजपा की हीटरलशाही सत्ता नहीं दबा सकती ।।— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) July 25, 2018
The quota agitation leader said he is not daunted by the sentence as he is already walking in the shroud of death. 25-year-old Patel is leading an agitation for reservation for members of his Patidar community in government jobs and educational institutes and has been booked in many cases, including that of sedition.
मौत और कफ़न बाँध कर चल रहा हूँ।सलाखों से नहीं डरता,बात अगर मेरी होती तो बैठ जाता घर में,लेकिन बात करोड़ों ग़रीब लोगों की हैं।— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) July 25, 2018
Asserting that he will continue to fight for the oppressed, he said jails do not scare him and he will remain unstoppable. "I am not scared of jails. I should have stayed back home if it was my fight alone. But this is the fight of crores of poor people. My fate is to fight the oppressor and fight for rights. The more you suppress me, the more I will rise to pose a challenge," he said in a series of tweets.