Update: Anandiben Patel has offered to resign. I will place her letter before Parliamentary Board which will take the final decision: Amit Shah. Shah indicates replacement for Patel so that new CM has time to prepare for Vibrant Gujarat summit in January. Reports news agency PTI.
Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday sprang a surprise by posting on Facebook that she wished to be relieved of her responsibilities.
The chief minister said it was better to quit before she turns 75 this November, but did not reveal whether she was making it official.
“I have been a committed BJP worker for the past 30 years. I am indebted to the leadership to have elevated me from Mahila Morcha to Chief Minister. I have been in charge of important departments in the government for the past 18 years. I am going to be 75 years old in November. The very important Vibrant Gujarat Summit is being held in January 2017 and elections are due later in the year.. It is good for a new leadership to organise and plan these two big events. Two months ago, I had sought to be relieved,” Patel said in her FB post.
Her latest worries follows last year protests by the Patidar community over reservation demand and the arrest of its leader Hardik Patel. The agitation from the dominant community had cost the BJP in local bodies’ election, wherein it suffered a jolt in the rural areas for the first time in one decade.