Intensifying quota stir, Patels withdraw bank deposits en masse in Gujarat
their quota stir, residents of some Patel-community dominated villages in
Gujarat are withdrawing their bank deposits with one cooperative bank reporting
that about Rs 20 lakh was withdrawn in just one day.
The residents also
banned the entry of political leaders into their hamlets as part of their
protest against alleged police atrocities during the violence in connection
with the quota agitation by the Patel community.
Banners carrying a
stern 'warning' to politicians against entering the villages have been put up
by angry local Patels who are targeting them for apparently not coming out in
support of the community after the violence.
The Patel leaders
demanding reservation under OBC quota had earlier made an appeal to their
community members to withdraw their money from banks to give a message to the
state government for not acceding to their reservation demand.
Responding to an appeal
made by the Sardar Patel Group (SPG-an organisation headed by Lalji Patel
seeking quota for Patels), several locals of Patel community queued up outside
the Sabarkantha District Cooperative Bank in Vadrad village of Sabarkantha
district yesterday to withdraw their deposits.
“To support the demand
of reservation for our community, I have withdrawn Rs 50,000 from this bank.
There are many others from our community who will also withdraw their deposits.
We will not put the money back into the bank till our demands are not met,” a
local, named Mahesh Patel, said.
According to the
cooperative bank manager KK Patel, about Rs 20 lakh was withdrawn in just one
day. “As part of the Patel agitation, these people are withdrawing their
deposits. We cleared several cheques worth Rs 20 lakh till Monday afternoon.
This may continue in coming days,” KK Patel told reporters on Tuesday.
The Patels are enraged
over alleged police atrocities and deaths of at least eight persons of their
community during the violence after quota rally in Ahmedabad on August 25.
villages put up banners warning political leaders (irrespective of their party
affiliations) and workers, who did not come out in the support of the community
after the violence, not to enter the village or hold any meeting to seek votes
for the upcoming local body polls.
Such banners have been
put in Lodara village of Gandhinagar district, Kansa in Mehsana, Vaniyad and
Khambhisar in Aravalli district of north Gujarat among others.
These banners have a
common text which reads, “Political leader or worker, be it of BJP or Congress,
must not come here to beg for votes. They should not hold any meeting or rally
here. If they do, we will not be responsible for anything if they enter our
“These leaders did not
turn up here when we needed them. Now, if they come for votes, we will not be
responsible if anything happens to them,” it said.
“Lodara is considered
as a BJP stronghold. But, none of the BJP leaders came here to extend help.
Patels are very angry with them, as none of the leader said anything about the
police atrocities against us. Now, if they come here for votes, we will not be
responsible if things get out of control,” Lodara village resident Suresh Patel
Meanwhile, Congress MLA
from Vijapur in Mehsana, Prahlad Patel on Tuesday sat on symbolic one-day
hunger strike in his constituency to condemn the alleged police atrocities and
pay homage to the ‘martyrs’ who lost their lives during the quota agitation.
He had earlier
supported the demand for reservation for Patels by writing a letter to Gujarat
Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. (With inputs from agencies)