Several members of the Bombay Legislative
Assembly opposed the unjust policies of the government and resigned. Government,
too, lost heart. The people's agitation triumphed. Vallabhbhai came to
be known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The farmers of Bardoli presented
him with an address and praised his greatness and leadership. In reply
Patel said: "It was Mahatma Gandhi who gave me the herb of Satyagraha.
All that I did was to administer the medicine. And you strictly followed
that doctor's instructions. So all that you have said in praise of me in
your address should belong to him and to you; all that remains for me is
the blank sheet of paper. The prosperity of the country is in the hands
of the youth. Do not forget - in every country it is the young who have
won and consolidated freedom, and passed it on to later generations."
All India now knew Patel as the Sardar.