Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel sprang a surprise on Monday by offering to resign from her post, saying the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needed a fresh face in the state before elections next year.
Considering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s affinity to social media — he has often been critical of ministers who do not aggressively use digital platforms to tout the government’s achievements — it wasn’t completely unusual that Patel chose Facebook to convey the news.
With this she probably became the first CM to announce her resignation on social media.
Twitter, of course, responded to the news with its trademark levity.
Anandiben Patel was nearly as clueless as Pratibha Patil. Let us kid ourselves not— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) August 1, 2016
A CM posts her political intent to quit on Facebook.Anandiben Patel does not know Modi Ji 's or Amit Shah's phone number? #InternalDemocracy— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) August 1, 2016
#AnandibenPatel resigns via Facebook. A new achievement under Digital India initiative !— Saket Aloni (@SaketAloni) August 1, 2016
Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who had predicted Patel’s exit, jumped on the opportunity to gloat, claiming responsibility of the move.
आनंदी जी का इस्तीफ़ा गुजरात में "आप" की तेज़ी से बढ़ती लोकप्रियता का नतीजा है। भाजपा गुजरात में बुरी तरह से डरी हुई https://t.co/4z6aXyZIib— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 1, 2016
Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel posted her resignation on Facebook. Arvind Kejriwal Liked it— Joy (@Joydas) August 1, 2016
But not everyone took the 75-year-old’s decision lightly — while some appreciated her decision as a sign of a “quality leader”, others urged her to reconsider.
Haters gonna hate ... Sensible move by a quality leader ... 👏🏻👏🏻 #AnandibenPatel— vaibhav sharma (@vaibhav17sharma) August 1, 2016