Hardik Patel meets Nitish Kumar, says he wants to unite anti-BJP forces

Patna: Patidar agitation leader and Patel Nav Nirman Sena President Hardik Patel on Tuesday met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and invited him to Gujarat for the 28 December 'Kisan Sammelan'.

"I met Nitish Kumar and invited him to Gujarat. He accepted my invitation to attend the Kisan Sammelan," Patel told the media after the meeting.

Patel, who arrived in Patna on Tuesday evening, went directly to the Chief Minister's official residence from Patna Airport. Patel was given VIP treatment by the state government.

 Hardik Patel meets Nitish Kumar, says he wants to unite anti-BJP forces

File photo of Hardik Patel. AFP

Amid speculation over the growing closeness of Nitish Kumar with Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, Patel said he met Nitish Kumar as he wanted to unite people in his fight against the BJP.

"We have to unite our society to fight against the BJP in Gujarat and elsewhere," he said.

Nitish Kumar belongs to the agrarian Kurmi caste, and Hardik Patel too belongs to the powerful Other Backward Class caste in Gujarat.

Patel has not only lauded prohibition imposed in Bihar by Nitish Kumar but also dubbed it a historical step.

"Prohibition by Nitish Kumar has brought a big social change; people, particularly the poor, are happy," Patel said.

Updated Date: Dec 13, 2016 19:54:01 IST