'Hardik is Sena's face for Gujarat polls'

Feb 08, 2017, 00:28
'Hardik is Sena's face for Gujarat polls'

READ ALSOHardik Patel arrives in Mumbai to meet Uddhav; will campaign for Sena in Goregaon "I want to see Narendra Modi coming to Mumbai and campaign for BMC polls".

When asked at the press conference about the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" theory, Patel said he was in Mumbai to meet friends and that the goal of his visit was not political.

The election for the 182-member Gujarat assembly will be held later this year, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fighting anti-incumbency. Uddhav also found the meeting to be an important development, as he said that Shiv Sena has crossed State borders to contest elections in other states such as Goa and Uttar Pradesh. But nothing has been decided or discussed yet. In a joint press conference with Uddhav Thackeray, Hardik Patel says he is a fan of Bal Thackeray.

BJP's North East Mumbai MP Kirit Somaiya, a Gujarati himself, made light of Patel's meeting with Thackeray.

Hardik had given a lot of problems to the BJP at the Centre and the State over the Patel reservation row also known as Patidar quota row.

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With population of about 35 lakh and around 15 lakh voters in Mumbai, the Gujaratis decide the fate of 50-odd BMC wards and 12-odd Assembly seats. "I have grown up idolising Bhagat Singh and Balasaheb Thackeray, and I am extremely happy to be in the land of Veer Savarkar", he said.

"I have not seen the people of the country getting exhausted of the government (referring to the BJP government) so soon in the last 65 years", Thackeray said. "Mumbai's Gujarati community has been a strong supporter of the BJP for almost 30 years now". He said that Gujarati and Marathi communities have always been together and this is the right time to bring a change in the system that would benefit the people. Many Gujarat leaders are now against Modi and BJP.

The Gujarati population comprises of 18 percent of the total electorate in Mumbai.

Hardik Patel was exiled from Gujarat and spent half a year in Udaipur in Rajasthan as the condition for his bail after his arrest in 2015 for violence during protests over quota for Patels.