New Delhi: Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has been named as the new governor of Madhya Pradesh.

“The President of India is pleased to appoint Smt. Anandiben Patel to be the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office," the Rashtrapati Bhavan announced in a Tweet.

She will replace Gujarat governor Om Prakash Kohli, who currently holds additional charge of the office of Governor of Madhya Pradesh.

A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Patel is known to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who named her as his successor as Gujarat chief minister after he was chosen as prime minister in 2014.

Patel joined the BJP in 1987 and was sent to the Rajya Sabha in 1994 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the organising secretary of the Gujarat BJP.

She was first elected to the state assembly first in 1998 from Mandal seat (Becharaji district) and in 2007 she was shifted to Patan, north Gujarat. In 2012 again she fought elections and won from Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad city.

Patel became the first woman chief minister of Gujarat however she stepped down from her post in 2016 citing age related issues. Patel, 76, has said that her decision to step down as chief minister in 2016 was in line with the BJP’s policy that politicians above 75 years of age should not hold any administrative post. In the recently held assembly polls in Gujarat, Patel did not contest.

Following Patel’s resignation as CM in 2016, BJP had appointed Vijay Rupani as the new chief minister.

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