Ex-Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel dies at 92

Keshubhai Patel

New Delhi (NVI): Former Gujarat chief minister and senior BJP leader Keshubhai Patel passed away today at a private hospital in Gujarat.

Keshubhai Patel complained of difficulty in breathing this morning and was taken to Sterling hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where he passed away at the age of 92 years.

Earlier in September, the former Chief Minister had tested positive for COVID-19 and was discharged ten days later after he tested negative.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sadness at the death of Keshubhai Patel.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote, “Our beloved and respected Keshubhai has passed away…I am deeply pained and saddened. He was an outstanding leader who cared for every section of society. His life was devoted towards the progress of Gujarat and the empowerment of every Gujarati.”

Born in Visavadar town of Junagadh district in 1928, Keshubhai Patel joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1945 as a pracharak. He started his political career as a worker for the Jan Sangh.

Patel was the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 1995 and from 1998 to 2001. Later, he was succeeded by the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the then Gujarat chief minister.

-RJV