Nitish Welcomes Hardik Patel; to Attend Gujarat Event in January

Hardik Patel meets with Nitish Kumar at 1 Anne Marg in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Not the one to shy away from making his acquaintance with someone who is equally or even more passionate in his dislike for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular, or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in general, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday rolled out the proverbial red carpet for Patel Navnirman Sena leader Hardik Patel who has been spearheading the reservation movement for Patidars, or Patels, in Gujarat.

Hardik Patel posing with Nitish Kumar and other JD-U leaders in Patna on Tuesday.Hardik Patel posing with Nitish Kumar and other JD-U leaders in Patna on Tuesday.After receiving Patel at the Patna Airport, officials brought him to the Chief Minister's residence where he was given a warm welcome by Nitish Kumar himself and a number of senior Janata Dal – U leaders including party Secretary K. C. Tyagi and party state President Vashisht Narayan Singh.

Patel spent nearly three hours with Bihar Chief Minister showering him with praise over the introduction of prohibition in the state and his relentless efforts to empower women in Bihar.

Kumar, on the other hand, reciprocated his gratitude by accepting Patel's invitation to come to Gujarat on January 28 to speak at a rally to be organized by the Akhil Bharatiya Patel Navnirman Sena.

Other anti-Modi leaders representing a number of obscure political outfits including Maratha Kranti Morcha and Gujjar Andolan were also present at today's meeting that is being seen as the first step in formulating a strategy to corner Narendra Modi in the next Parliamentary elections.

"Currently we are focused on defeating the BJP in Gujarat elections next year. We are open to join hands with any party that is opposed to the communal agenda of the BJP," Tyagi said.

Patel, calling Kumar a 'Mahanayak', said that he would be seeking Bihar Chief Minister's advice to kick BJP out of Gujarat in the coming days.

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