Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel has passed away at the age of 92. Kesubhai Patel was admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad, where he took his last breath on Thursday morning after suffering from shortness of breath. Keshubhai Patel was infected with the coronavirus and he was admitted to the hospital the last September.
Governor Draupadi Murmu has expressed deep condolence over the death of former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel. He said that he was a popular philanthropist and a great public leader. May God bless his soul and give his families the power to bear this suffering!
Who Was Keshubhai Patel?
Keshubhai Patel is one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in Gujarat. He was among those who raised the BJP in the state. In 1995, the BJP formed the government under his leadership for the first time and he became the Chief Minister. He was chief minister from 14 March 1995 to 21 October 1995 and 4 march 1998 to 6 October 2001. But due to poor health, his role in active politics kept diminishing.
His Relationships with the Party
His relations with BJP continued to deteriorate. He had to resign seven months after becoming Chief Minister for the first time due to a dispute with Shankarsinh Vaghela. He was later re-elected Chief Minister in 1998 but stepped down in 2001. It was believed that he had to resign due to corruption and mismanagement during the Bhuj earthquake. Since then, there has been a bit of bitterness in his relationship with the party.
He did not even contest the election in 2002 and indirectly supported the Congress in 2007. He finally resigned from the party in 2012 and formed a separate party. But in 2014 he again joined BJP.
Political Journey of Keshubhai Patel
1960: Joined Jana Sangh as a founding member
1977: Won Lok Sabha elections from Rajkot
1978-95: Won assembly elections from Kalawar, Gondal and Visavadar
1995: BJP led by Keshubhai Patel won and he became Chief Minister. But he resigned after seven months.
1998: Keshubhai Patel again becomes Chief Minister of the state
2001: Resigned due to poor health
2002: Elected to the Rajya Sabha member unopposed
2007: Keshubhai Patel asks his community to vote for change in assembly elections
2012: Keshubhai resigned from BJP and formed Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP)
2014: Resigned as MLA again due to ill health and merged the party with BJP