Ahmedabad: Hardik Patel, the leader of the Patel agitation for OBC quota in Gujarat, was poor in academics, said a report on Friday.
According to The Times of India, Patel cleared B.Com with just 49.6 percent. The daily has further quoted a college teacher as saying that the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti was poor in academics.
Notably, the 22-year-old has been spearheading the movement of reservation for Patels under Other Backward Class (OBC), claiming that a Patel boy does not get admission in medicine despite getting 90 percent while OBC-quota students get admission with 44 percent.
According to his marksheet, Hardik had scored 17 marks in commercial communication and was given eight grace marks to get 25 marks, which were required to pass.
In fact, he got Allowed To Keep Term (ATKT) in four subjects in FY B.Com. Studied in Shahjanand College, Hardik got ATKT in English, Economics, Accountancy, and Statistics.
In second year, he passed with a second class, scoring 253 out of 490 marks, said the daily.
Despite showing average performance in academics, Hardik has emerged as a key leader in the Patidar reservation row.
According to Dashrath Patel, the director of Shahjanand College, Hardik was an average student and was shy.
He never showed any leadership skills which are being displayed in the ongoing quota agitation, added Dashrath Patel.
Hardik had on Thursday demanded Rs 35 lakh as compensation to the relatives of each of his community members killed in widespread violence in the state.
At least nine persons have died in clashes with police during the widespread violence that spread in the state after Hardik's detention from his rally venue at GMDC ground.