Ahmedabad: Anandiben Patel, Gujarat chief minister, has submitted her resignation after a week of protests across the state following the assault on four Dalits by a so-called cow vigilante group.
Last month, some young Dalit men were tied to a car, stripped to their waists, and thrashed by cow vigilantes, who uploaded the video on social media. The assault has led to huge protests by Dalits in Gujarat. AAP and Congress blaimed CM and state’s policies for this case.
Patel sent her resignation to the BJP top brass seeking relief from the top job in the state. The BJP has accepted her offer and her replacement is likely to be Nitinbhai Patel, currently the state’s Health Minister.
She has post a letter in ‘Gujarati’ on her Facebook page, 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 the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit”.
“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 a Facebook post.
“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.