BJP Parliamentary Board on 3 August 2016 accepted the resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. She will meet State Governor OP Kohli to submit her resignation.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP General Secretary Saroj Pandey have been appointed as the observers to oversee the election of new legislature party leader in the State.
Anandiben Patel offered to resign on 1 August 2016, ahead of the state assembly elections expected in 2017, citing her age. The term of the current assembly ends in January 2018.
Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
• Born on 21 November 1941, Patel was sworn-in as the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat on 22 May 2014.
• She is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 1987.
• Being a strict administrator, she has served the state under the then Narendra Modi led government in portfolios like roads and buildings, revenue, urban development and urban housing, disaster management and capital projects from 2007 to 2014.
• She 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.
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When: 3 July 2016