Gujarat’s power woman Anandiben Patel to be next CM?
It is almost confirm that on May 20, BJP MLAs will formally elect Anandiben Patel as their leader in Gujarat
The next to be PM Modi will officially resign as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on 21st May and strong speculations say that BJP MLAs will formally elect Anandiben Patel as their leader in Gujarat in the presence of Thawarchand Gehlot, BJP general secretary, who has been appointed as the observer to monitor the entire process to shortlist contenders taken up by the party high command.
Who is Anandiben Patel?
Anandiben Patel can better be described as Gujarat’s power woman. She is currently the Cabinet Minister of Road and Building, Revenue, Urban development and Urban Housing, Disaster Management and Capital Projects in the Government of Gujarat. She is till date the only Woman MLA of Gujarat to be elected four consecutive times. It is her fourth consecutive term as a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Gujarat.
A new role as Gujarat CM at the age of 73 will bring new opportunities to, once a teacher by profession, Patel. She was born to a farmer at a distant Kharod village in Mehsana district. She recognized how important the education is while studying in all boys’ school as a single girl student. The same situation repeated when she enrolled to join B.Sc. She later completed her M.Sc. and B.Ed with a passion and aspiration to become teacher. She joined as a teacher at Mohniba Girls’s School as a science and maths teacher in June 1967 and served this school for 30 years. Her fervor to teach, commitment and administrative skills achieved her a position of school’s Principal.
Patel is a rare combination of brain and courage. She was awarded Gallentry award by the Governor of Gujarat for rescuing two drowning students from Narmada River. This incident took her to the notice of BJP which was leading in Gujarat.
She joined, as the only woman leader, ‘Ekata Yatra’ of Bharatiya Janta Party from Kanyakumari to Shrinagar in 1992 when the terrorists threatened people in Kashmir against hoisting the national flag. She entered Rajyasabha in 1994 as an elected member from Gujarat and remained a member of parliament till 1998 before she resigned to fight assembly elections in Gujarat. She won and became education minister in the Keshubhai Patel government. From then she is elected as MLA for four consecutively terms.
BJP is now thinking to exploit the opportunity to appoint the state’s first woman chief minister as Patel has come out as the strongest contender in the CM’s race but only time will prove her capabilities as Chief Minister of the state.