"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 cited, 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. Until now, PM Modi used the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, now this had been usurped by Hardik Patel, it added sarcastically."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 added.

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'. "Now, what?" the Sena asked.

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