Anandiben Patel the first Woman Chief Minister of Gujarat

Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel was born on 21 November 1941. She is an Indian politician serving as the 28th and current Governor of Uttar Pradesh. She is also serving as Governor of Madhya Pradesh. She has served as the former Chief Minister of Gujarat. She was the first female chief minister of the state. She was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 1987. She was the Cabinet Minister for Education from 2002 to 2007. 

She was the first woman chief minister of the state. She went to N.M. High School for her high school studies which had only three girl students. She was an athlete and remained a district level champion for three consecutive years. She was awarded the “Veer Bala” award in Mehsana for her outstanding achievement in athletics. She joined Mahila Vikas Gruh for the upliftment of women as her first job, where she taught vocational courses to more than 50 widows.

Governor of Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh replacing Om Prakash Kohli who was taking the additional charge since September 2016. She also became the Governor of Chhattisgarh in August 2018, holding the extra charge due to the death of the former governor Balram Das Tandon. 

 In the 2017 assembly elections Anandiben did not contest. In place of her, Patel Bhupendrabhai Rajnikant successfully contested from Ghatlodiya’s seat. 2014 Patel took oath as the 15th Chief Minister of Gujarat replacing Narendra Modi. Narendra Modi was elected as Prime Minister of India following the victory of BJP in the Indian general election, 2014. 

Patel was the first female Chief Minister of Gujarat. She served in this post till 7 August 2016. 2012 Patel contested and won from Ghatlodiya constituency in the 2012 elections. She won the election with a margin of more than 175,000 votes against Patel Rameshbhai Prahladbhai (Dudhwala) of INC. This border was highest in the election. She continued as the cabinet minister of Road and Building, Revenue, Urban Development, and Urban Housing, Disaster Management and Capital Projects. 

In 2007 She was elected to Gujarat assembly again from Patan by defeating Kantilal Nanalal Patel of the Congress Party. She continued as a cabinet minister and was assigned to Roads & Building and Revenue in her third term. 

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