Hardik had last week voiced apprehension that the BJP might try to defame him with a sex CD for electoral gains.
The leader of the 2015 Patel agitation for reservation, Hardik Patel's growing proximity with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has caused unease in the BJP camp. He also claims to have CDs of other PAAS leaders. "What else can one expect from the BJP?" Hardik has claimed that the CD is completely doctored and has been released to taint his clean image as a party leader.
Reacting to the video, which was purportedly leaked on YouTube, Hardik tweeted: "This is the start of dirty politics". In the video, which seems to have been shot in a lodging on May 16, 2017, a man looking like Hardik can be found in a bargaining position with a unidentified lady. BJP has done this before and will continue doing this even in the future. Hardik's supporters claimed the video was morphed. They told me that the BJP has planned to defame me and was filming a sex video with a young man who resembled me. "I am not bothered but Gujarat's women are being insulted".
"This is a morphed clip and I will give evidence in the coming days to prove my innocence".
Rajkot: Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel said this year's assembly election was not BJP versus Congress, but it was BJP versus Hardik.
While Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reacted abruptly to Patel's accusation.
Nevertheless, the videos were shared by many people with comments that said: "Patidar community and Gujarat's traitor Hardik Patel's kaam leela" and "This is the real face of pervert Hardik Patel who is misguiding Patel community", reported the Times of India. The minister categorically denied that BJP had anything to do with the CD.
The Congress, in turn, has supported Hardik and slammed BJP for the videos. "As the BJP is now staring at defeat, it has resorted to such dirty and shameless tricks". The main source of the clip took down the video as soon as the matter went out of hand. "The people of Gujarat will avenge it", said AICC spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil. Following the leak, Twitter went insane with posts.