Published: Wed, February 08, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Hardik Patel will be Shiv Sena's CM candidate for Gujarat

Hardik Patel will be Shiv Sena's CM candidate for Gujarat

Mumbai: In a major boost to its campaign to win a fifth consecutive term at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Shiv Sena on Tuesday announced that leader of the Patidar community Hardik Patel will campaign for the party in the run-up to the crucial 21 February polls to the 227-seat corporation. The Patidar leader, who is now in Mumbai to take part in a roadshow organised by the Patel Navnirman Sena, called on the Sena chief at his house in the afternoon. The Sena chief added that in spite of his (PM Modi's) assurances ahead of Bihar polls to release large amount of money for the development of the state, they (BJP) were wiped out. similar will be the case here (in Mumbai) after his false assurances (if he comes to campaign in city).

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has roped in Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel to become the party's face in Gujarat Assembly polls. But nothing has been decided or discussed yet. Patel, who recently returned from his exile in Rajasthan to Gujarat and was welcomed by cries of "dekho dekho kaun aaya, Narendra Modi tera baap aaya" has vowed to destroy BJP in Gujarat.

Hardik said that his first task is to meet the Gujarati community in Mumbai. Sensing this, the Shiv Sena has reached out to the trading community and fielded 11 Gujarati candidates in Mumbai.

Hardik's arrival in Mumbai has shocked BJP Mumbai who is preparing to go against Shiv Sena which was its alliance partner in BMC for 20 years.

Stating that he is happy to be in Maharashtra, Patel said, "Like I admire Bhagat Singh, I am also a fan of the late Balasaheb Thackeray".

Taking a jibe at BJPs transparency poll plank, Thackeray asked chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to explain how he occupied the constitutional post when he did not have sufficient numbers post the 2014 Maharashtra assembly polls. While speaking to the media, he had said "If the people in Gujarat want it, we will also fight from there". What Sena is banking on is a minor split in the 15 lakh strong Gujarati electorate from BJP in BMC elections. Sena has been trying hard to make inroads without much success into the Gujarati vote which has traditionally supported BJP.

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

In July previous year, Patel was charged with sedition charges following which Gujarat High Court had ordered that he be exiled for six months.

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