Hardik Patel Meets with Tejaswi Yadav; Attempts to Woo Dalit Votes

Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel meeting with RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: As promised, Patidar leader Hardik Patel who was in Patna on Saturday to take part in a function in honor of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, met with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) de facto leader Tejaswi Yadav at his 5 Deshratna Marg residence where he assured him of full support in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Spending nearly an hour with the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Patel expressed his support to anti-NDA coalition saying he, with the help of leaders like Tejaswi Yadav, would help India get rid of the Narendra Modi administration at the Center and the NDA government in Bihar.

Talking to the media, Yadav praised Patel for gaining so much political insight at the tender age of 24 and thanked him for his support to the Grand Alliance in Bihar.

Before leaving, Patel, who is the face of the Gujarat voters who are demanding reservation for the Patidars, or the Patels, said that he would soon meet with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Mumbai where he is getting medical treatment for a number of ailments.

Earlier, speaking at a function in honor of Vallabh Bhai Patel at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall, the young leader insisted his fight was against the fascist forces of the nation who were denying social justice to a large segment of the society.

Hardik Patel at SK Memorial Hall in Patna on Saturday.

"Our primary goal is to provide social justice to all backwards and Dalits and communal harmony in the nation. I am neither an anti-government person nor a friend of the opposition. I have not come here to oppose Chief Minister Nitish Kumar but to give a call to people of Kurmi, Kushwaha, and Dhanuk communities to wake up and fight for their rights," Patel, who has staked his political career on caste-based politics, said in Patna.

Lashing out at Nitish Kumar, Patel said that now that the Janata Dal – U leader had already betrayed the mandate of the voters of Bihar, he should at least try to get special status for Bihar since now he was part of the BJP-led NDA administration at the center.

Despite speaking the same language as other anti-BJP parties, Patel reminded people not to associate his name with any political party or attach him with any other outfit.

Taking a clear shot at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who happens to be a Kurmi, Patel said that he would soon organize a Kurmi Awareness Rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan where more than 10 lakh people will take part.

"I will spend a month in Bihar and go to each and every village in the state to make Kurmis, who are basically farmers, aware of their rights and how they have been cheated by their leaders. There is a definite need of a revolution in Bihar. The saffron party had been fooling the Patels of Gujarat for much too long but once the Patels woke up from their slumber, both Narendra Modi and Amit Shaw were sweating like never before," he said.

Hoping to encroach on the Kushwaha and Paswan vote banks traditionally held by Ram Vilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha, both part of the BJP-led NDA, Patel said that Kurmis, Kushwaha, and Paswans, despite making 12 percent of the population, were an ignored lot and he was going to be their voice in the future.


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