Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel resigned from her post on Monday. 74-year-old Patel said that she resigned from her post due to the ‘tradition’ of leaders ageing over 75 vacating their seats and role. However, there are widespread speculations that party top brass was not happy with her performance. Born in the year 1941 in Gujarat’s Mehsana district, Anandiben was elevated as Gujarat Chief Minister in the year 2014 after Narendra Modi vacated his seat to take charge as Prime Minister of India. Here is a timeline of the highlights and achievements of her political career:
Anandiben Patel was born in a agrarian family Patel in Vijapur, Mehsana district. Her father Jethabhai Kalidas was farmer by profession.
Joining politics by accident (1987)
Patel’s who was school teacher by profession, joined politics by accident in the year 1987. Her profile on various web portals says that “she jumped in the Sardar Sarovar reservoir to save two girls who were drowning during a school picnic”. She was later awarded president’s bravery award for the same. Impressed by her act of selflessness, Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) top cadre suggested her join the party. Later in the same year she was anointed as the Gujarat Pradesh Mahila Morcha President.
Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat (1994)
The first milestone of Patel’s career was her selection to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat in the year 1994. She represented India in the Fourth World Women’s Conference at Beijing (China) in 1994–95.
Election as MLA from Mandal Constituency of Ahmedabad (1998)
Patel won the Assembly election from the Mandal Constituency of Ahmedabad District in 1998 for the first time.
She served as a state minister in Gujarat Government led by Keshu Bhai Patel as MoS Education and
MoS Women and Child Development (Independent Charge).
Second and Third Election from Patan (2002–2012)
Patel got elected as MLA for the second and third time under the leadership of Narendra Modi in 2002 and 2007 from Patan Constituency. Patel retained her portfolio of a Cabinet Minister for Education in her second term and was assigned to Roads & Building and Revenue in her third term.
MLA from from Ghatlodiya Constituency (2012)
Patel was elected as MLA for fourth time from Ghatlodiya constituency of Ahmedabad for the 2012 elections.
Chief Minister of Gujarat (2014)
After Narendra Modi, vacated his seat to take charge as the Prime Minister of India in the year 2014, Patel was chosen to head the Gujarat government. She took oath as the 15th Chief Minister of Gujarat, after her name was unanimously chosen for Patel took oath as the 15th Chief Minister of Gujarat. She was the first ever woman Chief Minister the state. She resigned on 1st August 2016.