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Modi resigns, Anandiben Patel to be new CM of Gujarat

Last updated on: May 21, 2014 16:51 IST

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Gujarat Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel was on Wednesday elected leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party Legislature Party, who will succeed PM-designate Narendra Modi as chief minister of the state.

73-year-old Patel's name was proposed and adopted unanimously at a meeting of the Legislature Party in the presence of Modi, who had moments earlier resigned as the chief minister.

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Photographs: Courtesy Anandiben Patel/Facebook

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Modi's close aide Amit Shah and BJP General Secretary Thavar Chand Ghelot were also present at the meeting.

Modi, the longest-serving chief minister of the state, who led BJP to a spectacular victory in the Lok Sabha elections, will take over as prime minister on Monday.

Anandiben Patel will be the first woman chief minister of Gujarat.

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Photographs: Courtesy Anandiben Patel/Facebook

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In her acceptance speech, Patel turned emotional and thanked Modi and others for making her the chief minister.

Patel, considered to be very close to Modi, is minister of Revenue and Urban Development in the Modi government. She was also a minister in the government of Modi's predecessor Keshubhai Patel.

A school teacher by profession, she had left her job to join politics.


Photographs: Courtesy Anandiben Patel/Facebook

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