Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Unwilling to contest in assembly polls, says Anandiben

Unwilling to contest in assembly polls, says Anandiben

In an emotional two-page letter to BJP national president Amit Shah, former CM Anandiben Patel on Monday sprung a surprise by declaring she had no intentions of contesting in upcoming state assembly elections.

In a letter, dated October 4, she cited her age - 75 - as the reason behind her decision, and urged that a meritorious and winnable candidates be fielded. She stepped down as CM but is active in all forums of the party."Anandiben Patel could not be reached for comment". Though she cited the age bar for her resignation previous year, there were corruption and nepotism allegations against her and rumours that she had lost her grip over the state adminsitration.

Summary: Among the prominent politicians who visited her were minister of state for rural development, Jayanti Kavadiya, and former minister and MLA Saurabh Patel.

Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani confirmed that Patel has written the letter to Shah while adding, "Such matters are being handled by party high command and parliamentary board".

"Earlier when I resigned from the post of Chief Minister, I had mentioned the party policy of no senior leader above 75 year's age holding a post".

Following the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Patel had replaced Narendra Modi as chief minister, but abruptly made way for current incumbent Vijay Rupani - an Amit Shah confidante - a year ago. "I abide by this rule and wish to contest no more elections. I will continue to work for the party till the end of my life".

She also said that she is ready to take any other responsibility as given by the party and will keep working for the party.

"I will perform whatever duties given to me during upcoming elections with utmost sincerity".

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