Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi faces the first genuine threat to his formidable political position in a decade and he should be worried. The challenge comes from within his core support base which could get severely compromised after the announcement of Keshubhai Patel, the original architect of the BJP in the state and a powerful leader of the Leuva Patel community, to launch a party to take him on.
Keshubhai, who has been pushed to the margins in the BJP's scheme of things systematically by Modi, always had an axe to grind against the chief minister. In 2007, he had asked the Patels not to vote for the BJP and had blessed the Congress. However, to his chagrin Modi scored emphatic victories in the Saurashtra region, Patel's home turf. This time though Suarashtra could spring a nasty surprise.
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