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Mamata calls up 'young' Hardik, congratulates him for election exploits

Mamata said she would also call up the young Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor for their 'positive show' in the polls

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the flagging off event for a fleet of new passenger buses and fire brigade vehicles, in Howrah near on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the flagging off event for a fleet of new passenger buses and fire brigade vehicles, in Howrah near on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called up Patidar leader and congratulated him for his "tremendous work" in the Gujarat Assembly election, the results of which were announced yesterday. "He (Patel) has done so well (in the Gujarat election) at a young age.

I called him up to congratulate him for the feat," she told reporters at the state secretariat here. The (TMC) supremo said she would also call up the young Dalit leader of Gujarat and OBC leader for their "positive show" in the polls. Patel, Mevani and Thakor had thrown up a tough challenge to the ruling BJP in the Gujarat polls. While Thakor won on a Congress ticket and Mevani as an Independent, 24-year-old Patel's Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had backed the Congress candidates. Banerjee had yesterday said the Gujarat poll outcome was a moral defeat for the BJP and that the people of the state had "belled the cat for 2019". She had congratulated the people of Gujarat for their "very balanced verdict" and said it was a face-saving win for the BJP. The TMC chief, who has often been strident in her criticism of the BJP, had recently hailed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for "putting the BJP on the backfoot". The BJP fought off a strong challenge from Congress to win the Gujarat Assembly polls for the sixth successive time yesterday and also wrested power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh with a close to two-thirds majority.

First Published: Tue, December 19 2017. 21:28 IST
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