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Hardik Patel's alleged sex video and its likely impact on the upcoming Gujarat Assembly election
As the election campaign in Gujarat started gaining momentum, a dirty controversy surfaced about Patidar leader Hardik Patel's alleged sex video.

Some sex CDs have been leaked featuring Hardik and his aides enjoying intimate relations with some women. In addition to that, ex-aide of Hardik and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Ashwin Patel called a press conference in Ahmedabad on November 13 and issued an ultimatum of four days to Hardik for proving his innocence.

But before venturing into this debate, let's get some facts right. As per law of the land, an adult has the fundamental right to have consensual sex irrespective of his/her social position or stature. Thus, leaking sex CDs amounts to serious criminal offence as it involves breach of an individual's privacy. Whoever shot those videos should be booked and punished by law. An investigation must be initiated.

As for Ashwini Patel's threat of exposing Hardik if he fails to come out clean in the controversy; he claims that he has evidence of Hardik Patel and other PAAS leaders of Gujarat engaging in sexual misdemeanor. While having consensual sex is very much legal but sexual exploitation is a punishable act.

But the question is, if Hardik Patel has actually committed a crime, why is Ashwin Patel silent? With his silence, doesn't he also become a collaborator in a heinous crime?

Furthermore, Ashwin Patel says that if Hardik doesn't quit politics he will expose his crime, which means that if Hardik quits politics, Ashwini Patel will save Hardik's skin and absolve him of all the crimes he has committed. Doesn't it sound illogical? Is Ashwini Patel trying to say that if Hardik Patel remains apolitical then he has the right to exploit women?

Ashwin Patel also said in a TV debate that he had an audio recording of a Patidar woman who had been exploited by Hardik Patel. Doesn't such an allegation amount to blackmail?

Now coming back to political side of this controversy. Let me clear one point that as far as my political wisdom can perceive, I don't see Hardik Patel as a decisive factor in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections particularly when Narendra Modi from Gujarat is the Prime Minister of India. It would be a herculean task to breach PM Modi's bastion.

Further, the Patel community is a smart community of Gujarat and is not likely to follow just an individual. Certain sections of media might be projecting Hardik Patel as a kingmaker in Gujarat, but parties like Congress and the BJP should realise the real equation.

Congress has started blaming the BJP for leaking the videos. Does Congress want to say that BJP shot those videos? BJP while distancing itself from the videos, yet called them not only derogatory but also disgraceful. However, what both Congress and the BJP are forgetting is that in this process they are giving too much importance to Hardik Patel.

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