In a major development Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel has resigned from her post. According to a post on her Facebook page, she has asked the BJP leadership to relieve her from the duty of being Gujarat CM. In the post she has also written that she will turn 75 in November, and a new leadership should look after the Vibrant Gujarat Summit and assembly elections of 2017. When Najma Heptulla resigned due to the undeclared age bar of 75 years for ministers put by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speculations were rife on the fate of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.
However earlier in May, Patel refuted media reports which suggested that BJP is mulling to remove her and bring in another party leader at the helm of affairs in the state, saying “nothing like that is on”. “Nothing like that is on,” Anandiben had said. She blamed media for linking her and state Health Minister Nitin Patel’s visit to Delhi, suggesting that a change of leadership in Gujarat was imminent. “You (media) had linked two different visits to Delhi to come to this conclusion. I had gone to Delhi for the meeting related to water crisis and Nitinbhai (Nitin Patel, health minister) had gone to Delhi on the NEET issue,” she said.
Anandiben was made Chief Minister in May 2014, after Narendra Modi was elected as Prime Minister.