Junagadh: Former CM of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel ( Kesu Bapa) died at the age of 92. He was rushed to the hospital on Thursday morning due to difficulty in breathing, died there. Keshubhai was the Chief Minister of Gujarat 2 times. On 30 September, he was re-elected president of the Somnath Temple Trust.
According to Keshubhai Patel’s son, even after beating Corona, his health was continuously deteriorating. But when he was taken to the hospital on Thursday morning after breathing problems, he did not respond to treatment.
Shortly before, Keshubhai Patel was found positive with the coronavirus, although he had defeated the corona. State Chief Minister Vijay Rupani spoke to Keshubhai Patel’s family and expressed sorrow. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also paid tribute to Keshubhai Patel.
गुजरात के पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री केशुभाई पटेल जी को मेरी भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि। गुजरात की प्रगति में और प्रदेश में भाजपा संगठन को मजबूत करने में केशुभाई का योगदान हमेशा याद रखा जायेगा। ईश्वर दिवंगत आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करें। ॐ शांति
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) October 29, 2020
Keshubhai Patel was born in 1928 in Visavadar town of Junagadh district. He joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1945 as a Pracharak. He started his political career as an activist for the Jana Sangh, of which he was a founding member.
Whenever Gujarat’s veteran leaders are counted, Keshubhai Patel’s name is at the forefront. He worked for the party since the time of Jana Sangh. He was the first leader in the state to become the Chief Minister of the BJP.
Keshubhai Patel held the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat twice, he became the Chief Minister of the state in 1995 and 1998. But in 2001, he had to resign from the post. However, both times Keshubhai Patel could not complete his tenure. Apart from this, Keshubhai Patel has also held the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat. It was only after his resignation as Chief Minister in 2001 that Narendra Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat and remained at the center of power in the state till 2014.
Keshubhai Patel started as a Jana Sangh activist in the 1960s. He was one of its founding members. In 1975, the Jan Sangh-Congress (O) alliance came to power in Gujarat. Keshubhai Patel was elected to the Lok Sabha from Rajkot in 1977 after the Emergency. He later resigned and was the Agriculture Minister in Babubhai Patel’s Janata Morcha government from 1978 to 1980. He was involved in relief work after the 1979 Machhu Dam accident, which devastated Morbi.
Keshubhai Patel won the assembly elections between 1978 and 1995 from Kalawad, Gondal, and Viswadwar. In 1980, when the Jan Sangh Party was dissolved, he became the senior organizer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He organized an election campaign against the Indian National Congress and under his leadership, the BJP won the 1995 assembly elections. He had a very close relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.