It is natural that questions related to current affairs are asked in competitive exams …but in Gujarat, Candidates appearing in a competitive examination held for clerical posts in the Gandhinagar civic body on Sunday were asked a question related to Patidar leader Hardik Patel. The 25-year-old Patel quota spearhead ended his 19-day-long fast Wednesday which was undertaken to demand reservation for his community and loan waiver for the farmers of Gujarat. The question was related to his hunger strike. The multiple choice question was: Which political leader offered water to Hardik Patel who recently sat on fast?
The four choices offered to candidates were: Sharad Yadav, Shatrughan Sinha, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Vijay Rupani. The right answer is Sharad Yadav, a former Union minister and ex-chief of the JD(U). Hardik Patel started his fast on August 25 and shunned water from September 6. On September 7, the 14th day of his fast, he was shifted to a private hospital here after his health deteriorated. The next day (September 8), he was offered water by Yadav in the hospital. The Patidar leader continued his fast after being discharged from the hospital on September 9 and ended his hunger strike on September 12. Asked how and why Hardik Patel featured in the competitive examination paper, Gandhinagar Mayor Pravinbhai Patel said he had no idea. He said elected representatives of the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation were not part of the examination process.