Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel offered to resign on Monday, ahead of elections to the state assembly expected next year. “Since some time, the party has introduced a tradition of senior leaders voluntarily stepping down from responsibilities when they complete 75 years of age, which is exemplary and imitable. I will also complete 75 years this November,” Anandiben posted on Facebook. She submitted her resignation to State BJP president Vijay Rupani. This letter would be placed before parliamentary board who will take the final decision.

Putting Party discipline ahead of her herself, Patel decided to end her illustrious career- A move that is unimaginable in any other party. Her journey from a school teacher to the first woman chief minister of Gujrat has been exemplary. The first milestone of her career was her selection to Rajya Sabha in the year 1994. She represented India in the Fourth World Women”™s Conference at Beijing (China) in 1994″“95. Anandiben also served as a state minister in Gujarat Government led by Keshu Bhai Patel as MoS Education and MoS Women and Child Development (Independent Charge). After Narendra Modi vacated his seat to take charge as the Prime Minister in the year 2014, Patel was chosen to head the Gujarat government. She took oath as the 15th Chief Minister of Gujarat on May 22nd, 2014.

Kudos to Anandiben for setting an example for others. Time for Congress leaders, who are projecting 78-year-old Sheila Dixit as CM candidate in Uttar Pradesh, to learn something from BJP.


Ankita Lal 

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