Ahmedabad: During his massive rally, in which Hardik Patel issued an ultimatum to the BJP government in Gujarat, the 21-year-old received a shout-out from Bihar. Unsurprisingly, Nitish Kumar, the state's Chief Minister, backed Mr Patel on his demand for government jobs and college seats in Gujarat to be set aside for the caste of Patels or Patedars as part of its reservation policy.
Mr Kumar ended a lengthy alliance with the BJP two years ago in a split replete with acrimony and recriminations, and is running for a third term in Bihar against his former partner. For him, Mr Patel is an enemy's emerging enemy - fertile ground for the seeds of a new friendship.
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