Shiv Sena in their mouthpiece Saamna has called Hardik Patel the ‘Hero of Gujarat’.
“Until now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was considered the only political ‘neta’ who could pull crowds,” a hard-hitting editorial in the party’s mouthpiece Saamana said.
“Now, Hardik Patel has become the ‘king of crowds’ which does not augur well for the BJP,” the Sena said, referring to the Patel community leader who has taken on the Gujarat government over job reservations.
“Hardik Patel is a hero of Gujarat… His rallies attract four-five lakh people… With his super-mammoth rally in Ahmedabad last Tuesday, he has thrown the gauntlet at the state government,” the Sena said.
The editoria said that until now, Modi had used the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, but ‘this now has been usurped by Hardik Patel.’
It said, “The state government committed the misadventure of detaining Hardik Patel after Tuesday’s rally and it paid for the blunder… Violence erupted all over the state, even ministers had to bear the brunt of Patidars’ ire,” the Sena said.
Now, Hardik Patel has threatened that if the Patidars were also not given job reservations, “then the lotus (BJP party symbol) will not bloom in 2017.
“The manner in which the Gujarat youths have responded has created waves in Gujarat political circles,” the editorial said.
It thumbed a nose at Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who had invited Maharashtra businesses to her state, saying Gujarat was “peaceful, stable and well-administered.”
Shiv Sena has been trending on Twitter after this blasting article on Hardik Patel. Here is what some twitterati’s have to say.
The Shiv Sena, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the centre and in Maharashtra, urged Gujarat politicians to refrain from stoking political fires in the state “as it would be sheer stupidity”.
Although Shiv Sena has called Hardik Patel, ‘the Hero of Gujarat’ but it has questioned the legitimacy of Patel’s demands for inclusion in OBC. Shiv Sena said ‘Patels’ enjoy the same socio-political status in Gujarat as ‘Marathas’ in Maharashtra.
The Patels run lucrative business of diamond cutting and polishing. They also form a huge chunk of Gujarati NRI’s.