In a rare show of aggression and open declaration of government’s stance against the fight for Patel reservation, Gujarat Chief Minister said, “Nobody wants to work hard and everyone wants everything ready. We advertised for 8000 vacancies for police constables, but we only received 150 applications.” She said that these upper caste quota seekers wanted to directly become SPs. Nobody wants to work hard and come up. Anandiben called the 20 – 25 year olds who are doing nothing but bringing bad name to Gujarat, and called their movement mindless agitation.
“It was the painstaking efforts of Narendrabhai who put an end to the era of continuous riots in the state, no curfew, and brought Gujarat on the road to development. You have not seen the struggle, that’s why you are doing all this, tarnishing the reputation of the state,” she added.
The chief minister known for her calm disposition was never so open about the contentious issue. However, in one of the programme that was aimed at campaign for school admission in Viramgam Taluk town, 60km a group of around 50 Patel quota supporters indulged in sloganeering. CM demanded to know how the group could disturb such a good cause.