Anandiben Patel takes charge as Gujarat's CM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 22, 2014 17:44 IST

Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel was at a function at Sabarmati river front when Momaiji Thakor slit his wrists. (PTI photo)

Prime minister-designate Narendra Modi's close aide Anandiben Patel on Thursday was sworn-in as the first woman chief minister of Gujarat by governor Kamala Beniwal.

Patel, who is also the state's revenue minister, was elected as the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party by its MLAs on Wednesday.

Modi and senior BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Gopinath Munde were present at her oath taking ceremony.

Watch: Anandiben Patel takes oath as first woman CM of Gujarat

A former school principal, Patel’s association with Modi goes back to the early 1980s when Modi was an RSS pracharak.

Besides her ministerial responsibilities, Patel is also organisational in-charge of BJP in Ahmedabad city and district.

Known to be a tough task master, Patel is loyal to Modi and does not do anything without his knowledge or without consulting him.


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