December 14, 2016 2:56:31 am
Akhil Bharatiya Patel Navnirman Sena chief Hardik Patel met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna Tuesday in signs of a growing bond as both leaders set about making plans for a larger movement. Hardik hailed Nitish as “the leader of 2019” while Nitish expressed solidarity with Hardik and asked him to step up the momentum of his farmer and reservation movements.
The two are aiming at a larger consolidation of various caste groups. Nitish, who has accepted Hardik’s invitation to attend a rally in Saurashtra next month, has also met caste leaders from Maharashtra and Rajasthan and plans to attend meetings in these two states too. Nitish and Hardik could also share the dais in Uttar Pradesh before the elections there, the party said.
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Asked what Nitish Kumar has to do with Gujarat, JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi said, “We are supporting Hardik’s reservation movement and his concerns for farmers, and his attack on PM Narendra Modi from his home state will have a magnified impact.”
Tyagi was at the meeting between Hardik and Nitish. Asked about plans to share the dais in Uttar Pradesh, Tyagi said, “We definitely plan that before elections there. We are overwhelmed with the kind of response we have been getting from various social groups across the country”.
Brigadier Sudhir Sawant of the Maratha Kranti Morcha and Rajasthan Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti spokesperson Himmat Singh accompanied Patel when he met the Bihar CM.
Hardik praised prohibition in Bihar and targeted the Gujarat government for not being able to enforce prohibition. “Though there has been prohibition in Gujarat since Mahatma Gandhi’s time, it has not been a success at all,” he said.
“Hardik not only showered praise on the Bihar CM but also described him as the leader of 2019. In return, Nitish Kumar reiterated his support to Hardik’s cause,” said Tyagi. “Nitishji told him, ‘You move forward, we are with you’.”
Nitish had first expressed solidarity with Hardik that October. Hardik wrote to Nitish from Udaipur, Rajasthan, thanking him for supporting his movement.
He wrote, “Hame pura vishwas hai ki aapke netritva me desh me saamajik nyay ki jaden aur majboot hogi, sampradayikta ke khilaaf aapka sangharsh sarahniy hai (We firmly believe that roots of social justice in country would further strengthen under your leadership. Your struggle against communalism is commendable).”
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