In a major development today, the Centre has appointed former Gujarat chief Minister Anandiben Patel as the next governor of Madhya Pradesh. She will replace Om Prakash Kohli, who is currently the governor of Gujarat and he is holding the additional charge of the state.The 76-year old will be the state’s 27th Governor. Kohli had taken over the additional charge of Madhya Pradesh since September last year. He had replaced Ram Naresh Yadav (89), who left the office after completing his full five-year term.
She had taken over the reigns of Gujarat after the then chief minister Narendra Modi resigned to take over as the next Prime Minister of India. However, she resigned from the post almost two years later. At the time of resigning Anandiben Patel said she wanted some younger person to take over the role. Eventually, she was succeeded by Vijay Rupani, who recently got the second term as the state’s chief minister after BJP won the state Assembly polls last month.
Before the Assembly polls, she had also expressed her desire not to contest Assembly polls, requesting the BJP high command to give an opportunity to some ‘active local worker’ from her constituency Ghatlodia. Anandiben had communicated this to BJP president Amit Shah in a letter .
Before becoming the chief minister, she had also served the state as education minister between 2002-2007. Between 2007-2014, Anadiben Patel was the state’s cabinet minister of Road and Building, Urban Development and Urban Housing, Revenue, Disaster Management and Capital Projects.
During her tenure as Gujarat chief minister, Anandiben Patel took a number of key decisions, which included a hike to government servants, removal of the toll on roads, tweaking the industrial policy. Hours before her resignation, Anadiben had also made medical and dental degree courses free for girl students with less than Rs 6 lakh annual income.