Gandhinagar: Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel on Saturday questioned whether it was a crime to be born a Muslim in India and why he as a Hindu was being targeted by right-wing outfits.

“Just because I have raised issues against Saheb (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)?” Patel asked, adding that the real enemies of the country target others to divert the spotlight from them. “In the Akshardham attack case, Muslims were arrested by the police, and when the case was heard in court, they were shown to be innocent. So who was really behind the crime? The real terrorists put the blame on others so they could remain safe.”

Patel and the PAAS, of which he is the convenor, actively campaigned against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections. The organization supported the Congress on condition that the opposition party would provide the Patidar community reservation in government jobs and educational institutions in a manner that could not be challenged in a court of law, if it returned to power in the state. Two days before the results of the polls were announced, the PAAS convenor also accused the BJP of tampering with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in the elections.