A video of a councillor celebrating winning an election with his wife has gone viral.

Cllr Tiger Patel rose to fame in 2021 when a campaign video showing him in the playground was shared across the world. In it he posed with his hands in the air, unbeknown to him rude graffiti was daubed on a slide.

It appears one of Blackburn's liveliest characters has not lost the knack for an eye-catching video.

On Friday, after winning the Little Harwood and Whitebirk ward at the Blackburn with Darwen Council local election, Cllr Patel and wife Fajila were seen jubilant in the street.

Their impromptu celebration, to the sound of ‘Tabdeeli Ayi Re’, a song made famous during Imran Khan’s Pakistan election campaign, appears to be another hit with ‘Tiger fans.’

Following his win, he was met by Mohammed Mudassar and his van outside the count at King George's Hall. Mohammed has been a constant figure at pro-Palestine marches across the country. 

The digital van had ‘Tiger Patel for MP’ written on the side.

The video was picked up by the Middle East Monitor site and has been viewed more than 300,000 times. 



Cllr Patel said: “I want to dedicate my win to the people of Palestine and those suffering injustice.”

Speaking about the latest celebration, he said: “My wife has always been my side and she has always supported me.

“It is not easy as you do come in for a lot of criticism.

“It was a difficult campaign as I was on my own with a handful of supporters and we worked hard to reach out to people again.”


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Cllr Patel’s videos have proved to be one of his biggest campaign strategies gaining him recognition both here and across the UK.

In the run-up to the local election he released another video showing him walking through the town with the Rocky 3 theme ‘Eye of the Tiger’ in the background.

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He was not part of the Independent group and only became the official Independent candidate by a few hundred, knocking the Labour candidate into third place.

Naseem Khan of UCTV Blackburn has been supporting Cllr Patel with additional from Fida Ashraf, Smart Eye Services.

Meanwhile, digital van owner Mohammed said he was given a parking fine for his vehicle being parked outside.

He said: “I thought it a bit unfair to be honest.

“We were just there to celebrate and I have been across the country at so many events and am rarely booked. I normally just get told to move and I comply.”