Gujarat Health Minister Nitin Patel, who heads the seven-member committee of ministers, told Patel community leaders that the state government has 'limitations' in granting reservation quota to the community.

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel also cited the Constitution and Supreme Court judgements in a print and video message to the people of the state to say that "we cannot make any changes in the structure of reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs, nor can we give reservation beyond 50 percent".
"Various state governments at different points of time gave reservation by going against the constitution and Supreme Court judgements... We do not want to do that. This state government does not believe in making fake promises," Patel said while appealing to the agitating members of the Patel community to shun the protests and "join the path of the state's development".

The Chief Minister asked the agitators to hold talks with the government instead of organising rallies which, she said, may harm the economy of the state.
Meanwhile, Patel community leader Hardik Patel said that their agitation will continue. "Chief Minister has given her message today, but Patel community members will ignore that (message) and come in large numbers for the rally (on August 25)," he said.
The state government for its part has warned of stern action against those attending the rally who try to create law and order problems.

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