Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel was on January 23, 2018 sworn in as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Hemant Gupta administered the oath of office to Patel at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhawan in Bhopal.
Anandiben Patel succeeds Ramnaresh Yadav, who had retired from the post in September 2016. Meanwhile, Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli was holding the additional charge as the Madhya Pradesh Governor.
Patel served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2014 to August 2016. She took up the post when incumbent Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. She was later replaced by Vijay Rupani, who took over as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in December 2017.
About Anandiben Patel
• Anandiben was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1994.
• She contested her first assembly election in 1998 from Mandal and served as the Minister of Education in the Keshubhai Patel Ministry.
• She served as a school teacher of Mohniba Vidyalaya in Ahmedabad, Gujarat for 30 years beginning from 1968.
• She represented India at the Fourth World women’s Conference at Beijing.
• Being a strict administrator, she has served the state under Narendra Modi led government in portfolios like roads and buildings and revenue
• In 2014, Patel was appointed as Chief Minister of Gujarat following the parliamentary polls.
• In 2016, Patel resigned from the post on the grounds that she turned 75. As per an unwritten rule set by PM Narendra Modi, BJP party leaders above the age of 75 need to quit the executive post in the government.
Current Affairs in Short: 22 January 2018
Who: Anandiben Patel
When: 23 January 2018