Newly appointed Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel has surprised everyone with her pro-active involvement in the state's affairs and that too with less than a week having elapsed since her appointment.
Newly appointed Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel has surprised everyone with her pro-active involvement in the state’s affairs and that too with less than a week having elapsed since her appointment. Anandiben (76), who last served as Gujarat Chief Minister, was sworn in as the 27th Governor of MP at a function that began at 10 am on Tuesday. However, to the amazement of the state officials, soon after the swearing-in, her cavalcade headed for an anganwadi and later for Bal Niketan, an institution for destitute children on Hamidia Road in the old city. A day before her oath ceremony, Anandiben Patel travelled on a chartered bus from Ahmedabad to Bhopal. As per a report by The Indian Express, when the Madhya Pradesh government officials learned about her arrival, they offered a Raj Bhavan vehicle at the state boundary but Patel refused it.
On her way to the Madhya Pradesh capital, Anandiben stopped at Ujjain and offered prayers at the Mahakal temple. Patel, started work from the very first day of assuming the governor’s office. On the first day at her desk, she reportedly inquired about the academic calendar that universities follow and issued instructions that vice-chancellors of all universities should prepare presentations for her on their work. On Wednesday, she visited Gayatri Mandir and the gaushala on its premises. This was followed by a sudden visit to the Bull Mother Farm run by the State Livestock and Poultry Development Corporation on Bhadbada Road in the afternoon.
Before Patel, Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli held additional charge as the Madhya Pradesh Governor. “The President of India is pleased to appoint Anandiben Patel to be the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan had said in a tweet on January 19.
Patel was the chief minister of Gujarat from 2014 when incumbent Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. She was in the office until August 2016, when she resigned from the high position.