Anandiben to be new CM of Gujarat
Gandhinagar: Anandiben to be New CM of Gujarat, Gujarat Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel was on Wednesday elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party Leader, who would succeed PM-designate Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of the State.
Gandhinagar: Gujarat Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel was on Wednesday elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party Leader, who would succeed PM-designate Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of the State. 73-year-old Patel's name was proposed and adopted unanimously at a meeting of the Legislature Party in the presence of Modi, who had moments earlier had resigned as the chief minister. Modi, the longest-serving chief minister of the State, will take over as prime minister on Monday. She will be the first woman chief minister of Gujarat. In her acceptance speech, Patel turned emotional and thanked Modi and others for making her the chief minister. Patel, considered to be very close to Modi, is minister of Revenue and Urban Development in the Modi government. She was also a minister in the government of Modi's predecessor Keshubhai Patel. A school teacher by profession, she had left her job to join politics. Anandiben is seen as a disciplinarian and hard taskmaster who puts a premium on probity, qualities often associated with her predecessor.
She was heading the GoMS tasked with the responsibility to run the state's day-to-day affairs during Modi’s hectic LS campaign. Patel holds the key portfolios of urban development, revenue and was earlier in charge of education ministry, driving successfully some of the key Modi projects, including boosting of female literacy. The choice of Patel also takes into account the BJP's social arithmetic as the Patel community is the largest and most influential caste in the State and the backbone of its support base for over more than two decades.
Known for her no-nonsense image, she is the longest serving BJP minister who joined the party in late 80s and rose steadily through the ranks. Married to Mafatbhai Patel, a professor, she has been living away from her family since mid-1990s and they have a son and a daughter. Mafatbhai had announced his plan to fight Lok Sabha elections on the Aam Aadmi Party ticket but was reportedly talked out of it by their children. He has postponed a trip to abroad so that he could attend her oath-taking ceremony. Patel shot into fame when as a school teacher she jumped into Sardar Sarovar reservoir in 1987 to save two girls from drowning.