The individual who slapped Congress leader Hardik Patel on Friday morning (19 April) has claimed that he wanted to teach him (Hardik Patel) a lesson for causing hardship to people during the Patidar agitation.
The attacker has been identified as Tarun Gajjar. Soon after slapping Hardik Patel, he was beaten black and blue by the Congress leaders’ supporters and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
While speaking to media-persons during his treatment, Gajjar said that he and his family faced many hardships during the Hardik Patel led Patidar reservation agitation.
His wife was reportedly pregnant at that time and was undergoing treatment at that time and had to face hardships due to the Bandh. He added that in another instance he had gone out to get medicine for his child and was faced with closed shops due to a strike called by Hardik Patel.
Gajjar thus added that he had then vowed to hit Hardik Patel in order to teach him a lesson.
“He shuts down the roads, he shuts down Gujarat whenever he wants to, What is he? Gujarat's Hitler?”, Gajjar was quoted as asking.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.