Gujarat's first woman Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who succeeded Narendra Modi as the CM of Gujarat on May 22, 2014 after Modi got elected to Lok Sabha, has announced her resignation to the top post. 74-year-old Anandiben submitted her resignation to the BJP's high command and asked the party to relieve her. Her resignation comes in the wake of extensive Patidar and Dalit protests in the state.
Taking to her social-networking page Facebook, Anandiben corroborated her resignation. Anandiben said that she had two months earlier sought to resign from the party to give "enough time to the new incumbent to prepare for important events like the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit." "For the last some time there has been a tradition in the party that those who attain the age of 75, voluntarily retires from the post. I will attain the age of 75 in November," said Anandiben in her post.
"Two months ago I had requested the party to relieve me from the post and today also through this letter, I request the party to relieve me of the post," Anandiben added.
Anandiben served as the Minister of Road and Building, Revenue, Urban development and Urban Housing, Disaster Management and Capital Projects in the Government of Gujarat from 2007 to 2014. Not many know the fact that Anandiben and Narendra Modi shared the same high school. Now that Anandiben offered to resign, it needs to be seen how BJP chief Amit Shah would replace Anandiben.