Hardik Patel To Contest Gujarat Polls As Shiv Sena Candidate: Uddhav

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Mumbai:  Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday announced that Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel will be the face of the party in Gujarat Assembly polls, scheduled later this year.

Hardik, who arrived in Mumbai on Monday night, met Uddhav on Tuesday at his Bandra residence. Uddhav’s son Aditya Thackeray later tweeted, saying Hardik paid a visit to Matoshri to pay his tribute to late Bal Thackeray.

“Hardikbhai and Uddhav ji discussed their respective views on fight against social injustice and the way forward,” he said in another tweet.

Hardik also shared pictures of his meeting with Uddhav and Aditya.

Hardik, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), rose to fame in 2015 when he started an agitation in Gujarat, demanding inclusion of the Patidar community in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.