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Hardik Patel meets Mamata Banerjee, gets offer to join Trinamool Congress

11 February 2018

Kolkata: Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) chief Hardik Patel met West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Friday. Patel hailed her as "Lady Mahatma" adding that she should be the one to lead the Opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections.

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

"I want to see someone as the Prime Minister of the country who will speak on education, health, employment, agriculture and security or safety of the country but not someone who spends 90 minutes criticising the opposition in the Parliament".

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"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. I told him that he should join politics. "It will be the right choice if he does". In the formal meeting between the two, Patel extended his support in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. She is wise, she is a veteran in popular struggle.

"She (Mamata) has described me as her younger brother. She should be promoted and brought to the fore", he said. He even went on to compare her to Indira Gandhi/Lady Gandhi.

Patel commended Banerjee's work in the Bhuj natural disaster in 2001 and extended an invitation to visit Gujarat for women empowerment.

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Patel said he was impressed with what he saw in Bengal - which he said was nothing like what's said of the state - and promised to work together to "build a better India".

On Friday Banerjee urged Patel to join Trinamool Congress to which Patel said he will keep the offer in mind when he formally decides to join politics. "She could impart these lessons easily because she started her political career during her college-days and that too with heavyweight leaders". She stressed to take all alongwith to move ahead.

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Hardik Patel meets Mamata Banerjee, gets offer to join Trinamool Congress