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Anandiben Patel appointed Madhya Pradesh governor

Om Prakash Kohli will continue as Gujarat governor aftet Anandiben Patel takes charge in Madhya Pradesh

india Updated: Jan 19, 2018 23:55 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Anandiben Patel succeeded Narendra Modi when the latter resigned from the Gujarat assembly to become the Prime Minister in  2014.
Anandiben Patel succeeded Narendra Modi when the latter resigned from the Gujarat assembly to become the Prime Minister in 2014.(AFP File Photo)

Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has been appointed as the next governor of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.

“The President of India is pleased to appoint Smt Anandiben Patel to be the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office,” Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a tweet.

Patel succeeded Narendra Modi when the latter resigned from the Gujarat assembly to become the Prime Minister in 2014. Her tenure as the chief minister of Gujarat, however, didn’t last beyond two years and Vijay Rupani took over from her in August 2016 and retained charge after BJP’s victory in last year’s assembly elections .

The current governor of Madhya Pradesh, Om Prakash Kohli, also holds charge of Gujarat since 2016. After Patel’s appointment, Kohli will continue with that responsibility.

As a chief minister of Gujarat, a crucial state for the BJP, Patel faced a key challenge during the Patidar agitation within a year of her assuming office. As her administration failed to curb the agitation, the BJP paid a heavy price in the local body elections.

Later, her administration was accused of wasting time in taking action in the Una incident where Dalit boys were flogged in public.. Adding to her woes were accusations of her daughter’s business partners getting undue favours in a huge land deal.