MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: An explicit video allegedly showing Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convenor Hardik Patel in bed with an unidentified woman was released on social media on Monday.

The Patidar leader had pre-empted the release of the clip, saying earlier this month that he expected a sex tape to be released.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Patel said the video was released to malign his image ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections.

“This was a very pathetic allegation levelled against me. I am not worried about my reputation, but about the woman. This kind of politics is not expected. Gujarat’s women should wake up and do something against people using videos like this. This was planned by the BJP to secure 50 seats in the elections, but I don’t care,” he said.

The PAAS has held discussions with the opposition Congress, and Patel has said his organization will decide whether to support the party in the assembly elections once it acquiesces to its demands, four of which the Congress has already agreed to. It is yet to clear its stand on the fifth—reservation for the Patidar community in government jobs and educational institutions under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.

The PAAS convenor earlier in the day took to Twitter to say that the women of Gujarat have been insulted. “Now the filthy politics has begun. You can defame me but it will make no difference. The women of Gujarat have been insulted,” he tweeted.

“The video is an invasion of privacy. We will hold a meeting and take legal action against the person who has done this to defame Hardik Patel,” said a PAAS leader, who did not want to be named.

“Please check where Hardik Patel was on 16 May (the date shown in the video). The reality is different,” said Sagar Savaliya, a close aide of Patel and the person behind the ‘Vikas gando thayo che’ campaign.

MeraNews couldn’t confirm whether the person in the video was the PAAS convenor. (With inputs from ANI)

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