New Delhi: Hardik Patel, who is leading mass agitation in Gujarat demanding reservation for Patel community, on Sunday said that he is not a politician and denied allegations that political parties are part of the movement.
“I am not a politician and do not want to be one. No political parties are part of the movement,” Patel said during interaction with media in the national capital.
Reiterating his demand for inclusion of Patel community as Other Backward Class (OBC), he said, “I will go wherever the Patel community needs me. We are planning to hold protest across the nation including at Delhi's Jantar Mantar and even in Lucknow.”
The 22-year-old Patel leader added that poor people from all castes should get reservation.
Patel added that their protest is not a 100 metre race but a marathon that would continue for at least one or two years.
"This protest is not a 100 metre race, it`s a marathon and it will continue at least for one or two years," he said.
Patel is expected to hold talks with both Gurjars and Jats in the national capital today.
(With Agency Inputs)