Hardik Patel, the young Patidar leader, is set to tie the knot with his childhood friend in Gujarat’s Disgar village on January 27, latest media reports said. According to an Indian Express report, while Patel himself has not commented on his impending wedding, his father Bharat Patel has confirmed the news. “Yes, they will be getting married at Digsar village in Surendranagar district on January 27,” Patel senior was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. A Times of India report said that the 25-year-old will marry Kinjil Parikh, who is reportedly his childhood friend. Patel and Parikh were living in same locality of Ahmedabad’s Chandannagari.
Both families have rejected the rumours that it was an inter-caste wedding. Patel senior says that, “she (the bride) is Parikh Patel and belongs to our Patidar community only.” Kinjil Parikh used to study with Hardik Patel’s sister Monica Patel. In 2016, the quota leader’s parents had announced his engagement, while he was still lodged in prison. According to Times of India report, Kinjil Parikh is a commerce graduate and is currently pursuing LLB from Gandhinagar.
Hardik Patel shot to limelight after he spearheaded the 2015 Patidar agitation that brought Gujarat to a grinding halt.
In an FIR filed at Visnagar in Mehsana district on July 23, 2015, Patel was named as an accused after a rally of the Patel community seeking reservation turned violent, resulting in damage to property and assault on some media persons.
During the violent agitation, the mob had torched a car and vandalised the office of local BJP MLA Rishikesh Patel. A sessions court in Visnagar had issued an arrest warrant against Hardik and Lalji for not attending the court proceedings in October 2017.
More recently, Patel was seen as the keynote speaker at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led United India Rally in Kolkata on Saturday. The Patidar leader had said that while Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had given a call to fight against the 'goro' (Britishers) "we are fighting against 'choro' (thieves)." Patel said this while addressing the TMC rally of opposition parties at Brigade Parade ground in Bengal capital. The young Gujarat leader thanked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for bringing all major Opposition leaders on one platform and pointing towards 'jansalab' (mass gathering) said it was an indication that BJP is on its way out of power.