Anandiben Patel on Monday has offered to resigned as the Gujarat Chief Minister, citing old age the reason.
“I am grateful towards BJP for the amount of responsibilities I have been trusted with over time,” Patel said addressing press conference.
“I’m also turning 75 this November. Keeping in view upcoming polls and vibrant Gujarat Summit I requested party leadership 2 months back,to relieve me of my responsibilities so new CM gets adequate time for preparation.”
“I again request party leadership to relieve me of my responsibilities, grateful for giving me opportunity to serve people of state,” she added.
Reacting to the news, Bhartiya Janta Party President Amit Shah said that a decision on Anandiben Patel ji’s resignation letter will be taken by BJP Parliamentary Board.
“Have received Anandiben Patel ji’s letter. Her letter will now be kept before the BJP Parliamentary board for further decision,” Amit Shah said in a statement today.
“She (Anandiben Patel) has cited age reasons. Decision on resignation, new CM will be taken by BJP Parliamentary Board,” Shah added.
Recently, Union Minister Najma Heptulla was asked to resign from the post due to the undeclared age bar of 75 years for ministers put by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since then there were speculations that Gujarat CM who will touch the line in November, might also resign.
Patel, who took over as Chief Minister in May 2014 from Modi, will cross the age bar of 75 years on November 21 this year as she was born in 1941.