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The political landscape of Gujarat was very volatile since Anandiben Patel took charge. In a surprising move, the first woman Chief Minister of the State has offered to resign.

After a week of protests across the state in reaction to the assault of four Dalits by an allegedly ‘cow protection group’, Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has submitted her resignation. She sent her resignation to the BJP top brass seeking relief from the top job in the state.

What is even more interesting is that she posted the letter of resignation on Facebook. In the letter she said that she had sought to resign two months earlier from the party to give “enough time to the new incumbent to prepare for important events like the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit”.

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“For the last some time there has been a tradition in the party that those who attain the age of 75, voluntarily retires from the post. I will attain the age of 75 in November,” the state’s first woman chief minister, who succeeded Narendra Modi on May 22, 2014, said in the Facebook post.

“It (the rule of 75) is a good thing and it will give a chance to young leaders to come up,” 

“Two months ago I had requested the party to relieve me from the post and today also through this letter, I request the party to relieve me of the post,” Patel said.

“I am asking the party to relieve me two months in advance as the new chief minister will require the time to work, when the state is going to face elections in 2017 and an important event like Vibrant Gujarat Summit to be held in January,” Patel said.

“It (the rule of 75) is a good thing and it will give a chance to young leaders to come up,” she added.

Anandiben Patel made the disclosure in a Facebook post. Elections in the state are due in the later part of 2017.

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The unwritten convention in the party, set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in recent times has been that those attaining the age of 75 have to quit the post.

In 2015, Patel had to face the heat when BJP fared unsatisfactorily in rural civic body polls. Congress, on the other hand did considerably better in the same elections.

The Patidar communities quota agitation and the State subsequently bowing down to them was also backlash for her. Another dent to the image of BJP in the state came with the thrashing of Dalit youth in Una.

Resignation by Anandiben Patel might be an opportunity or a political gimmick. Whatever it is, the story is only unfolding.

 

Article Source: HindustanTimes.com

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