Ahmedabad: Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has been named the governor of Madhya Pradesh, the ANI news agency reported late on Friday. She takes over from O.P. Kohli, Gujarat’s governor who has additional charge of the central state.
Patel was named Gujarat’s chief minister in 2014, after Narendra Modi was elevated to the post of Prime Minister when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the Lok Sabha elections. She held the post till 2016, resigning in the wake of the violence across the state in the aftermath of the attack on Dalits at Una and the widespread demonstrations by the Patidar community demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions that began in 2015.
Patel, Gujarat’s only woman chief minister, did not contest the recently concluded state assembly elections, writing in a letter to BJP national president Amit Shah in October that she took the decision in line with the ruling party’s age policy. She had won the Ghatlodia assembly seat in the 2012 polls by a margin of more than 1 lakh votes.
Prior to being named chief minister, she held the education portfolio in the Modi government between 2002 and 2007.