Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel breathed his last at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Thursday, October 29. He served because the chief minister of the state in 1995 and from 1998 to 2001. Patel’s political journey has been filled with twists and turns. Once thought of to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mentor, Patel turned his bête noire years later. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thought of Keshubhai Patel his political guru. However, political relations between the 2 leaders soured later. Modi grew to become the chief minister of Gujarat after Keshubhai resigned from the put up after 2001 earthquake in Gujarat. Later, in 2012, Keshubhai floated his personal social gathering underneath the banner Gujarat Parivartan Party. His social gathering, nonetheless, suffered a enormous defeat within the 2012 meeting elections. Keshubhai later merged his social gathering with the BJP.
A look at Keshubhai Patel’s political journey
Born on July 24, 1928, in Visavadar in Junagadh, Patel joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1945 as a pracharak. His political profession kickstarted when he received related to the Jan Sangh again within the 1960s. The Jan Sangh-Congress coalition got here to energy in Gujarat in 1975. He was amongst these imprisoned through the emergency.
In 1977, put up the emergency, Patel was elected to the Lok Sabha from Rajkot constituency. Later, he resigned and joined Babubhai Patel’s Janata Morcha authorities as an agriulture minister from 1978 to 1980.
Patel received meeting elections from Kalavad, Gondal and Visavadar between 1978 and 1995. After the Jan Sangh was dissolved in 1980, he grew to become a senior organised of the newl-formed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Under Chimanbhai Patel, he served because the deputy chief minister of Gujarat from March 4, 1990 to October 25 1990. Patel was credited for organising the election marketing campaign in opposition to Congress and main BJP to a victory in 1995 meeting election.
On March 14, 1995, Patel grew to become the chief minister of Gujarat. However, his resignation got here seven months later after his colleague Shankersinh Vaghela revolted in opposition to him. In October 1996, Vaghela grew to become the chief minister with the suppor of the Congress. The meeting stood dissolved in 1998 as Congress withdrew its assist for Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP) fashioned by Vaghela. In 1998 meeting elections, BJP once more returned to energy led by Patel and he grew to become the chief minister.
On October 2, 2001, Patel resigned because the chief minister on account of his unwell well being. Moreover, allegations of corruption and poor administration along with poor electoral efficiency within the by-elections, the BJP’s nationwide management needed to search a new candidate for the workplace of chief minister.
Patel was succeeded by Narendra Modi. He did battle the 2002 Gujarat meeting election. He was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha in 2002.
When the 2007 Gujarat meeting elections got here, he urged his group to “vote for change” and “blessed” the Congress social gathering. However, BJP received the election with clear majority.
On August 4, 2012, Patel resigned from the BJP and launched his personal social gathering to contest in 2012 Gujarat legislative meeting election. He received from Visavadar constituency however his social gathering received simply two seats.
In January 2014, he resigned because the GPP President and later as a member of Gujarat legislative meeting on account of unwell well being. GPP then merged with BJP in February, 2014.