Former Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandi Patel was named the Governor of Madhya Pradesh on Friday night and the announcement was confirmed by the official Twitter handle of President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
Anandi Patel, better known as Anandiben was appointed as the first female Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2014, when Narendra Modi resigned from the post to become the Prime Minister of India. However, Anandi Patel’s term as Gujarat CM didn’t last longer than two years after she began losing grip over the state and there was a rapid deterioration in the political climate in Gujarat due to Patidaar protests in 2016; after which current CM Vijay Rupani took over the seat. After over a year since her resignation, she has been appointed as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh to become the second BJP minister who have been made a Governor – after Vajubhai Vala, the Governor of Karnataka.
The post of Governor of Madhya Pradesh was lying vacant since long and until now, the Governor of Gujarat Om Prakash Kohli was assigned the additional role; who will now be replaced by Anandiben. During a late night communique at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday, a statement was released stating, “The President of India has been pleased to appoint Smt Anandiben Patel, to be the Governor of Madhya Pradesh with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office.”
A resident of a village named Kharod in Gujarat, Patel started her career in 1987 as Gujarat Pradesh Mahila Morcha President and she has been a member of BJP ever since then. Later, the saffron party appointed her as the Cabinet Minister for Education from 2002 to 2007 and then as the CM of Gujarat. With years of political experience, BJP high commission seems to be eyeing on the upcoming state assembly elections this year by appointing Anandi Patel as the Governor of the poll-bound state of Madhya Pradesh.