Mumbai, Feb 7, 2017: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today announced that the leader of the Patel reservation movement in Gujarat Hardik Patel will be the party’s face in Gujarat assembly elections.
The state’s 182 constituencies will go to polls later this year.
The Sena, which has been in an alliance with the BJP in Maharashtra since 1995, recently split from its partner. Although the tie-up will remain at the state level, the parties are gunning for each other in the election to the BMC.
This is the first time that the two parties are contesting the civic polls independently, and the Gujarati vote is a key factor in at least 40 of the 227 seats.
Interestingly, after coming out of jail Patel issued statements in support of AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal during his Gujarat visit. Patel also met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna, where he hailed him as “the leader of 2019”.