Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel today submitted her resignation after continuous protests across the state following the assault on four Dalits. The assault was by a so-called cow vigilante group.
Patel sent her resignation seeking relief from the top job in the state. Anandiben Patel said that she had two months earlier sought to resign from the party to give enough time to the new incumbent to prepare for important events like Vibrant Gujarat summit.
In a letter posted on her Facebook page, Patel, who took charge as Gujarat’s first woman chief minister in May 2014 after then CM Narendra Modi was elected to the Lok Sabha, has said that she had two months earlier sought to resign from the party to give time to other events.
“From quite some time, we have 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 said. “It is a good thing and it will give a chance to young leaders to come up,” she added.
“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. Anandiben Patel made the disclosure in a Facebook post.
Arvind Kejriwal who has been campaigning in Gujarat, claiming dissatisfaction with the government tweeted this evening that Anandiben resigned because of the increasing popularity of Aam Aadmi Patry in the state. Elections in the state are due in 2017.