Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel married his childhood friend, Kinjal Parikh, in a traditional ceremony today. Their wedding took place at a temple in Gujarat's Surendranagar, about 130 km from Ahmedabad. "This is the beginning of the second innings of my family life," he told reporters after the ceremony.
A picture from the ceremony shows the couple taking pheras as family members showered flowers on them. Soon after, people began congratulating the couple on Twitter.
Hardik Patel's father Bharat Patel said the marriage ceremony was planned earlier too but had to be cancelled.
The bride's father said the families have known each other for about 30 years.
In the Gujarat assembly elections in December 2017, Hardik Patel was placed in the unusual position of prominence but was not old enough to contest. Then 23 years old, he was a part of the trio of young leaders - along with Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mewani - that the Congress was banking on heavily in its attempt to defeat the BJP.
The face of the Patel or Patidar agitation for reservation had said he played a crucial role in the Congress's vastly improved performance in Gujarat. "I still won seats for the Congress. Their vote share went from 33 to 43 per cent... that is because of me," Mr Patel had told NDTV.
(With inputs from PTI)
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