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'Lady Mahatma' Mamata Banerjee Should Lead The Opposition: Hardik Patel

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| February 11 , 2018 , 08:50 IST

Patidar leader Hardik Patel rose to prominence during the Gujarat elections, with his firm anti-BJP stand at a time when more than half of the states in India are being ruled by the BJP and its allies.

Following a meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday and Saturday, the young leader was full of praises for the Trinamool Congress chief. 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.

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"I have learned a lot from my meeting with Mamata di. I am amazed by her simplicity despite being the Chief Minister of a state. She has told me how to talk to the people and how to work taking everybody on board. She has advised me how one must have a little bit of attitude and how one should speak," said Patel.

"I saw lady Gandhi. She is a simple and selfless person. After Indira Gandhi, she has been the epitome of struggle for the cause of the people," he reiterated.

Mamata Banerjee was one of the main protestors of the demonetisation move. 

Hardik Patel also revealed that Mamata Banerjee had invited him to join the TMC and manage its affairs in Gujarat.

"She (Mamata) has described me as her younger brother. And yes as I had said yesterday I will definitely come here to campaign during the Lok Sabha elections in 2019," he said.

"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.

"All parties must come together to fight the power who are trying to divide the country," he added.