Hardik Patel to campaign for Shiv Sena in BMC election

BMC polls

Patel is scheduled to meet Shiv Sena chief at his residence Matoshree in Bandra

In the evening, he will address a rally in Mumbai's western suburbs.

Gujarat's 182 constituencies will go to polls later this year, with the BJP fighting anti-incumbency. But nothing has been decided or discussed yet. "If the party contests in Gujarat on people's demand, Hardik Patel will be a big face of it", Uddhav said, after a meeting with 23-year old Patel leader at "Matoshri", Sena chief's residence in Mumbai. Hardik Patel has been the face of the Patel quota stir in 2015 and Sena's mouthpiece Saamna had published editorials lauding Hardi Patel for "supplanting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as crowd-puller".

Describing Patel as "a firebrand leader", Thackeray said that the Patidar community leader "would be the face of the party in Gujarat". "We supported BJP in general elections, they broke the alliance in assembly elections, we broke the alliance in BMC election looking at their behavior", Thackeray said. We want him to name the 42 wards in which he alleged our match-fixing with Congress", senior Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab said.Reacting to it, BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said, "We are completely ready to conduct an open debate. In the present House, BJP ruled the civic body for a second time by winning in 62 seats, as against 41 by Congress, 12 by BSP and six each by NCP and Shiv Sena. Patel has often said he has high regard for Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray. Thackeray also took a dig at BJP's transparency poll plank and questioned Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis occupying the Constitutional post when he did not have sufficient numbers post 2014 Maharashtra Assembly polls. BJP now has every reason to worry about the upcoming elections as most of its Gujurati voters will now turn to Shiv Sena after they roped in Hardik Patel.

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

Sena is also wooing the Gujarati votes in this elections by calling Hardik Patel to Mumbai. Hardik Patel also has mentioned that he is an admirer of the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. He was jailed for his massive campaign, demanding job quotas for the Patel community, which turned violent.

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