Former Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel passes away at 92; PM Modi condoles death
He quit the BJP and launched his own political party - Gujarat Parivartan Party - in 2012. The party was later dissolved and Patel re-joined BJP in 2014.Updated: Oct 29, 2020, 14:52 IST
Former chief minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel died in Ahmedabad on Thursday at the age of 92. Dr Akshay Kiledar, representative of the Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad, said he had earlier been admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state. “We tried to revive him but couldn’t after he was brought to the hospital in an unconscious state, following a sudden cardiac arrest. He was declared dead at 11:55am. He didn’t die due to Covid-19,” Dr Kiledar said, according to news agency ANI.
Patel, who served as the chief minister of Gujarat twice, had tested positive for the coronavirus disease last month.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had also served as the chief minister of the state, condoled his death.
“With the demise of Keshubhai Patel, former Gujarat chief minister, the nation has lost a stalwart leader. His long public life was dedicated to improving the lives of millions, especially in villages. As champion of farmers’ causes, he enjoyed extraordinary rapport with masses,” the President tweeted.
“Our beloved and respected Keshubhai has passed away...I am deeply pained and saddened. He was an outstanding leader who cared for every section of society. His life was devoted towards the progress of Gujarat and the empowerment of every Gujarati,” the Prime Minister tweeted with a picture of them together.
“Keshubhai travelled across the length and breadth of Gujarat to strengthen the Jana Sangh and BJP. He resisted the Emergency tooth and nail. Issues of farmer welfare were closest to his heart. Be it as MLA, MP, Minister or CM, he ensured many farmer friendly measures were passed,” he said in another tweet.
Patel served as the chief minister of Gujarat in 1995 and from 1998 to 2001, after which he was replaced by Narendra Modi. He quit the Bharatiya Janata Party and launched his own political party - the Gujarat Parivartan Party - in 2012. He was a member of Gujarat Legislative Assembly six times.
After unsuccessfully contesting against the BJP in 2012, the party was expanded by merging with the Mahagujarat Janata Party. The party was later dissolved and Patel re-joined the BJP in 2014.