Former CM of Gujarat

... Keshubhai Patel Junagadh



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joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh .

Story of Life

Keshubhai Savdas Patel was born in 1928 in Visavadar town of Junagadh district, Gujarat, India. He joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1945 as a pracharak. He was imprisoned during the emergency.

He married to Leela Patel and has five sons and a daughter. His son, Bharat Patel is a member of BJP. His wife died in their home in Gandhinagar after an electrical fire broke out in the exercise room on 21 September 2006

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Keshubhai Patel is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Gujarat state of India in 1995 and from 1998 to 2001. He has been member of Gujarat Legislative Assembly six times. He was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the 1980s. He subsequently left the BJP in 2012 and formed the Gujarat Parivartan Party. He was elected from Visavadar in the 2012 assembly election but later resigned in 2014 due to ill health.


Patel resigned as Chief Minister of Gujarat on 2 October 2001 due to his failing health. Allegations of abuse of power, corruption and poor administration; as well as a loss of BJP seats in by-elections and mismanagement of relief works during 2001 Bhuj earthquake aftermath; prompted the BJP’s national leadership to seek a new candidate for the office of chief minister. He was replaced by Narendra Modi. Patel did not fight 2002 assembly election. He was elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed in 2002.

In the 2007 assembly elections, he urged his community to vote for change. He blessed the Indian National Congress and did not even cast his vote. BJP again won in election with clear majority and formed government led by Modi.