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Anandiben sworn-in as first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat

May 22, 2014 18:54 IST

Anandiben PatelAnandiben Patel was sworn-in as the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat on 22 May 2014. Kamla Beniwal, the Governor of Gujarat administered her oath to the office and secrecy at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

Anandiben Patel was appointed as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat after Narendra Modi resigned from the office on 21 May 2014 to take over the post of Prime Minister of India. At the time of appointment, Anandiben was serving the state as the Gujarat Revenue Minister.

Apart from Anandiben (73-years old) six cabinet ministers and 13 ministers of state were sworn-in to their offices. Two ministers of state of Modi government were dropped from the council, while four new faces were inducted in the new council of ministers.

About Anandiben Patel

  • Being a strict administrator, she has served the state under Narendra Modi led government in portfolios like roads and buildings and revenue
  • Anandiben was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1994
  • She represented India at the Fourth World women’s Conference at Beijing
  • She contested her first assembly election in 1998 from Mandal and was the minister of education in the Keshubhai Patel ministry
  • In 1987, she was awarded with state government’s gallantry award for saving two girls from drowning into Narmada dam
  • She has served Gujarat as a school teacher of Mohniba Vidyalaya in Ahmedabad for 30 years from 1968

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