Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.


Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence


Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
Needmore seats to Win
Needmore seats to Win
1-min read

Anandiben Patel Refuses to Contest Gujarat Polls, Cites Age as Reason

Anandiben had replaced Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2014 after BJP’s victory in the general elections.

Meghdoot Sharon | CNN-News18

Updated:October 9, 2017, 4:43 PM IST
Anandiben Patel Refuses to Contest Gujarat Polls, Cites Age as Reason
File photo of MP Governor and former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel (Getty Images)
Ahmedabad: Anandiben Patel, who was once dropped as Gujarat chief minister on grounds of age, has written to BJP leadership saying she does not want to contest the upcoming state elections - over the same reason.

Patel, 75, wrote in her letter to BJP president Amit Shah that she would like to stay away because of the ‘75-year criterion’ and that she would like to work in the role of a "margadarshak". She urged him to nominate a local BJP worker instead of her in Ghatlodiya, the constituency she has represented since 1998.

"When I resigned as chief minister of Gujarat, I had cited the BJP policy of not holding posts beyond the age of 75. Based on the same principle, I do not intend to contest the 2017 assembly election," Patel wrote.

The Patel leader from Gujarat had replaced Narendra Modi as chief minister following the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, but abruptly made way for current incumbent Vijay Rupani - an Amit Shah confidante – last year.

Age was the factor the party had referred to when they looked for her replacement.

The Patel reservation agitation during Patel's tenure and her handling of the situation was also used by her detractors in the party to seek a mid-term leadership change.

Her decision not to contest polls would hamper BJP’s last minute attempts to woo the core Patidar voters back into the party fold.

Patel has been an MLA for almost twenty years. Interestingly, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy last week suggested in a series of posts that she made the face of the party in the upcoming state election.

(Get detailed and live results of each and every seat in the Lok Sabha elections and state Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim to know which candidate/party is leading or trailing and to know who has won and who has lost and by what margin. Our one-of-its-kind Election Analytics Centre lets you don a psephologist’s hat and turn into an election expert. Know interesting facts and trivia about the elections and see our informative graphics. Elections = News18)
| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch


Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
  • 01 d
  • 12 h
  • 38 m
  • 09 s
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results