Indian social activist and Patidar leader Hardik Patel has been on an indefinite hunger strike since August 25 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. While Hardik Patel has not consumed any food or water for 14 days now, he is demanding reservation in jobs and education and farm loan waivers for the Patidar community from the Gujarat state government. Apparently, this indefinite fast by Hardik Patel has been supported by the Congress Party in opposition to the ruling BJP government.
25-year-old Hardik Patel has been working for reservation of Patidar community since July 2015 when he formed the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) aiming to include Patidars in the OBC quota. He realized that there are government policies benefitting the other communities but not the Patidars, which led to his protest against the state government for the reservation of Patidar community.
While his organization PAAS claimed that he will not consume even water unless Gujarat state government caters to their demands, Hardik Patel has become a target of trolls all over the social media for his fasting. Have a look at some of the tweets by trolls:
When people like Hardik Patel sit on hunger strike, Modi should ensure that the hunger strike is truly honest in nature and security guards must not allow any food or water within 1 KM radius! #HardikPatel
— Abhishek Lenka (@gemsabhishek) September 9, 2018
— Sheetal Jain🇮🇳 (@RealSheetal) September 8, 2018
What a man!
How many of you know that, when Rahul Gandhi reached the peak of Mount Everest, he found Hardik Patel fasting for reservations there?
What a man! pic.twitter.com/UX1K86YFaA
— Dhonus K Rojo (@DhonusKRojo) September 8, 2018
Hey @HardikPatel_ why would anyone want to kill a uneducated loser like you.
Dream on you pathetic excuse for a human.
Nobody forced you to go on hunger strike except your ambitious father.@HardikPatel_ says “won’t die for those who want to kill me”
— જશુમતી (@JasumatiPatel) September 9, 2018
However, on the 15th day of the fast, Hardik Patel was hospitalized due to his deteriorating health conditions. While his protest continued from the hospital bed, political leaders including Sharad Yadav from Loktantrik Janata Dal and former Union Minister and DMK leader A Raja has also visited Patel at the hospital extending their support to the social activist.
किसानों की क़र्ज़ा माफी और आरक्षण को लेकर चल रहे अनिश्चितकालीन उपवास आंदोलन के पंद्रहवें दिन तमिलनाडु से DMK के वरिष्ठ नेता और पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री ए.राजा अस्पताल में मुझे मिलने आए.उन्हों ने कहा की हम आपके साथ है और लड़ाई बिलकुल सही हैं। pic.twitter.com/7k68pN7qdw
— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) September 8, 2018
Hardik Patel tweeted:
अनिश्चितकालीन उपवास आंदोलन के पंद्रहवें दिन पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री @SharadYadavMP जी अस्पताल में मुझे मिलने आए. उनसे मिलकर काफी प्रभावित हुआ और उन्होंने सामाजिक न्याय एवं किसानों की लड़ाई में पूरा समर्थन किया। pic.twitter.com/5dmYKkeFgH
— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) September 8, 2018
Apparently, in the Sola Civil Hospital, Hardik was administered glucose due to his loss in weight of 20 kg. However, shockingly, the media reports have something else to claim. Incidentally, before beginning the fast, Hardik Patel’s weight was 78 kg, but on Sept 4, his weight was measured to be down to 58 kg. But surprisingly, on Sept 5, after his medical check-up, his weight was recorded to be 65 kg.
अनिश्चितकालीन उपवास आंदोलन के चौदवें दिन आज मेरी तबीयत बिगड़ने की वजह से मुझे अहमदाबाद की सोला सरकारी अस्पताल में भर्ती किया है।श्वास लेने में तकलीफ हो रही है और किडनी पर नुकसान बता रहे हैं।अभी तक भाजपा वाले किसान और समुदाय की माँग को लेकर तैयार नहीं हैं। pic.twitter.com/HyF9sppH0h
— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) September 7, 2018
Well as expected, the news about Hardik Patel’s weight gain during his hunger strike spread over the social media like fire and the netizens are have brutally mocked him over the issue. Take a read at some of the tweets:
Ek din khana mat Khao, hardik Patel jaise weight gain hoga 😂😂
— Ashu (@muglikar_) September 7, 2018
Is this all a hoax?
— Allahabadi Bol (@Allahabadi_Bol) September 7, 2018
Who said #HardikPatel is not fasting!? He is rigorously observing his fast after breakfast, brunch, elevenses, lunch, tea, supper and dinner since the last 12 days. And he’s really fast with any meal served to him. Weight gain is obvious.
— AlteЯ Ǝgo ツ (@_heisenbong_) September 5, 2018
Dr examined and reported that weight gain of @HardikPatel_ is due to #Pregnancy
Nothing to worry
.#Congratulations to @RahulGandhi
.@priyankac19 @rssurjewala @JhaSanjay Distribute #Sweets pic.twitter.com/8fXW7o2Ex7
— WHO CARES (@_swaroop) September 5, 2018
— Mohit Mehta (@MohitCMehta) September 6, 2018
Abhi iska.. pic.twitter.com/z4pLNAgV1M
— Sonu Dilli🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@CallMe__Abhi) September 7, 2018
Unexpectedly, according to media reports, Patel also refused to provide blood and urine samples for the medical check-up, that lead to raising even more questions into the controversy.
The doctors have reportedly revealed that the cause of unexpected weight gain in Hardik Patel’s body during his indefinite fast was a faulty weighing machine. He never gained the weight, but machine was showing weight gain due to fault in its mechanism.
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