Meranews, Morbi: The Gujarat assembly elections were between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the people, and the people lost, Patidar leader Hardik Patel said at a rally in Tankara’s Hamirpar village on Wednesday, continuing his attack on the ruling party in the aftermath of the polls that saw the BJP’s tally in the state legislative assembly fall from 115 to 99 seats.

“The leaders will change only when the public becomes aware. People are repeatedly suppressed. LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) prices have been raised. Fuel prices have been raised. Sugar prices have been raised… Basic issues such as crop insurance and support price have not been solved yet,” said Patel, convenor of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), at a meeting with farmers. He was joined by Lalit Kagathara, who won the Tankara seat for the Congress for the first time since 1985. The PAAS had extended its support to the opposition party in the elections.

The PAAS convenor said the farmers of Morbi district, in which Tankara falls, will hold an agitation if their problems are not solved. Patel also visited cotton and oil mills and spoke with the workers.

Patel has resumed his campaign against the BJP in Gujarat, holding a series of rallies and extending the focus of the PAAS, which has been demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for Patidar youth, to the issues of farmers.