Patel has denied any involvement and asked others to respect women.
This attitude towards privacy, happily invading it in an election-bound Gujarat but arresting a journalist in Chhattisgarh, albeit with the addition of extortion charges, are reflective of the party that appeared willing to ditch the concept altogether simply to save its Aadhaar programme. It contains a clip of a man engaging in some intimate moments with a woman. However, he may not have imagined the kind of backlash his comment could lead to, especially after two more videos of Hardik Patel surfaced on Tuesday.Sardar's kin, too, has criticised Gohil for the comment. However, India Today can not independently verify the authenticity of the identity of the persons seen in the clip. Hardik said on Monday that it was the beginning of dirty politics in Gujarat. "Defame me, it will not make a difference", he said. "The six crores Gujaratis should understand that the people who can ensure that the police, senior IPS officers and secret service can spy on a single woman for "saheb" (Modi), then they can surely enter the bedrooms of people and keep a check on them", wrote Mevani.
National spokesperson for Congress Shaktisinh Gohil stoked controversy with his remarks that Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel has the "DNA of Sardar Patel". "I will consult my lawyers and file a complaint soon against perpetrators of this sex CD".
He pointed out that sometime ago, BJP insiders floated such a video of one of their own leaders Sanjay Joshi. "Similarly, the BJP can not buy or scare Hardik", Gohil had said. The video ends with Hardik Patel switching off the lights even as a night lamp is still on. Hardik has played a pivotal role in the Patel quota agitation across the state of Gujarat.
"The person in the video is not me". However, the clip labelled him as such. And now the PAAS leader has rejected that he is not in the video but not registered a case against it.
Meanwhile, a video being circulated on social media shows a man resembling Hardil drinking with his friends. Trashing the comments, Sardar Patel's great-grandnephew Sameer Patel said the two could not be compared, as Sardar worked to "unify the nation", while Hardik was working to "divide" it. Surat-based Patidar and Hardik supporter C P Sojitra commented: "A 24-year-old Hardik Patel in no time has shaken up the BJP government".
The person who was being called Hardik turned out to be Rohit Pandey from Mainpuri district in Uttar Pradesh who drove Kejriwal's vehicle. Describing himself as personal assistant to Kejriwal, he felt proud to drive the Delhi CM's auto.