Join Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee tells Hardik Patel

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Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Saturday said if Narendra Modi-led government wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the country would see "President's rule". Praising her for her simplicity, Patidar leader said he has learned a lot during his meeting with the Bengal CM. "I said I will give her proposal a serious thought if I decide to join active politics", said Patel.

Patel stressed the need for the likes of the Congress and Trinamul to come together for defeating "forces trying to break" the country.

He said after the meeting, "I have not seen Mahatma Gandhi".

"I have clearly said that if the Narendra Modi government comes to power after the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 then it will invite President's rule in the country", Patel said while speaking to a local news channel in Kolkata.

On Friday, bonhomie between the Patidar community leader, Hardik Patel, and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was on full display during a meeting in Kolkata where the two leaders exchanged their views on future of politics in the country and possibility of a political alliance between them.

Patel had campaigned against the BJP in the Gujarat Assembly polls past year.


"He is very good, very political, very sensitive also". "He is fighting the good fight for the people of Gujarat", The Telegraph quoted Banerjee as saying. "I will come here", he said. "I wish him all the best". But I told her I do not have political aspiration now.

"She is a woman with a lifetime of experience in mass movements".

Describing Banerjee as a "powerful woman", Patel said that she spoke to him about her days of struggle.

Stating that Banerjee has invited him to join the TMC and manage its affairs in Gujarat, Patel had opined that the TMC supremo should lead the opposition. "It will be the right choice if he does", she added.

"She had done a great work during the natural disaster in Bhuj 2001". "I said when I decide to join, I will certainly take her advice", he said. She said I could run it (Trinamul) in Gujarat.

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