Meet­ing with Hardik Trig­gers Tieup Talks

Sena tries to woo mi­grant Gu­jaratis in Mum­bai

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Kr­ishna.Ku­mar@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: Pati­dar leader Hardik Pa­tel’s meet­ing with Shiv Sena pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray at the lat­ter’s res­i­dence on Tues­day trig­gered spec­u­la­tion that the two could join hands in Maharashtra and Gu­jarat. The Sena has been try­ing to win over the sup­port of the mi­grant Gu­jarati com­mu­nity in Mum­bai.

Western sub­urbs have a sub­stan­tial pres­ence of Gu­jarati vot­ers but the Gu­jarati com­mu­nity has al­ways pre­ferred the BJP. The Sena hopes Pa­tel may be able to swing their votes this time for it.

The Sena has over the years tried to shed its tag of be­ing a pro-Ma­ha­rash­trian party by in­duct­ing north In­di­ans and the Gu­jarati com­mu­nity. It has given tick­ets to a num­ber of Gu­jarati com­mu­nity mem­bers this time in the western sub­urbs to woo the com­mu­nity. Ud­dhav was buoyed by Pa­tel mak­ing all the right noises. Pa­tel said the Sena had the best in­ter­ests of the city at heart and was the best party suited to rule Mum­bai. Call­ing it a ‘lion’ he said that he had come to meet the Thack­er­ays as they were ‘good peo­ple’ un­like the rulers (read BJP). Pa­tel, how­ever, added that while he sup­ports Ud­dhav and his ‘cause’ he would not be cam­paign­ing for Sena can­di­dates in BMC.

Hardik said Sena had best in­ter­ests of city at heart & was best suited to rule Mum­bai

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