In July 2015 Patidar youth, many of whom are surnamed ‘Patel’, started public demonstrations across Gujarat demanding Other Backward Class (OBC) status for their community, which would entitle Patidars to a reserved quota of places in government jobs and education. The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) was floated to spearhead the stir and created a young protagonist named Hardik Patel.
The agitation started in Mehsana on 6 July 2015 and it spread to other places in the state. Under attack, the BJP also had to replace Ms Anandiben Patel as the Chief Minister with the new incumbent a low profile Vijay Rupani. Besides Congress and parties like NCP, in this year's election, BJP is also likely to face problems due to the presence of another party, Aam Aadmi Party of Arvind Kejriwal. (UNI)