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Anandiben M Patel

Anandiben M Patel


Anandiben Patel was born in 1941, in Kharod village of Vijapur taluka of Mehsana district, Gujarat, where her father, Jethabhai, was a teacher. She was born in family which stressed on the importance of 'Saraswati' (Goddess of Wisdom) more than 'Lakshmi' (Goddess of Wealth). Anandiben Patel culminated as a politician and the current Governor of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and former Chief Minister of Gujarat, a western state of India. She was the first woman chief minister of the state. She is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 1987. She was the Cabinet Minister for Education from 2002 to 2007. In 2018, she became the Governor of Madhya Pradesh replacing Om Prakash Kohli who was holding additional charge since September 2016.

Personal Life

Full Name Anandiben M Patel
Date of Birth 21 Nov 1941 (Age 80)
Place of Birth Kharod
Party name Bharatiya Janta Party
Education Post Graduate
Profession Politician, teacher
Father's Name Jethabhai Patel
Mother's Name Menaben Patel
Spouse's Name Mafatlal Patel
Children 1 Son(s) 1 Daughter(s)


Permanent address DHRMA FARM, SHILAJ, TAL.;- DASKROI
Contact number NA
Email NA
Social Handles

Interesting Facts

She was the first woman chief minister of the state. She admitted to N.M. High School for her high school studies which had only three girl students. She was an athlete and remained a district level champion for three consecutive years. She was awarded "Veer Bala" award in Mehsana for her outstanding achievement in athletics. She joined Mahila Vikas Gruh for the upliftment of women as her first job, where she taught vocational courses to more than 50 widows.

Political Timeline

  • 2018
    Governor of Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh replacing Om Prakash Kohli who was holding the additional charge since September 2016. She also became the Governor of Chhattisgarh in August 2018, holding the additional charge due to the death of the previous governor Balram Das Tandon.
  • 2017
    In 2017 assembly elections Anandiben did not contest. In place of her, Patel Bhupendrabhai Rajnikant successfully contested from Ghatlodiya seat.
  • 2014
    Patel took oath as the 15th Chief Minister of Gujarat succeeding Narendra Modi, after the latter was elected as Prime Minister of India following the victory of BJP in the Indian general election, 2014. Patel was the first female Chief Minister of Gujarat. She served in this post till 7 August 2016.
  • 2012
    Patel contested and won from Ghatlodiya constituency in the 2012 elections. She won the election with a margin of more than 175,000 votes against Patel Rameshbhai Prahladbhai (Dudhwala) of INC. This margin was highest in the election. She continued as the cabinet minister of Road and Building, Revenue, Urban Development, and Urban Housing, Disaster Management and Capital Projects.
  • 2007
    She was elected to Gujarat assembly again from Patan by defeating Kantilal Nanalal Patel of Congress Party. She continued as a cabinet minister and was assigned to Roads & Building and Revenue in her third term.
  • 2002
    Patel contested her second assembly election from Patan assembly constituency and was elected. She defeated Kantilal Nanalal Patel of Congress Party. Also, She continued as a cabinet minister for education in her second term.
  • 1998
    She contested her first assembly election from Mandal assembly constituency and won, becoming the cabinet minister for education under the Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel.
  • 1994
    She became an MP of Rajya Sabha for Gujarat. As an MP, she participated in the Fourth World Women's Conference at Beijing (China) in 199495, representing India.
  • 1992
    Patel's first notable work was during a spread of bird flu in the Viramgam district, where she spent weeks helping local citizens and appealing to government officials to take strong action.
  • 1987
    Anandiben Patel's entered into politics when during a school picnic she jumped in the Sardar Sarovar reservoir to save two girls who were drowning, for which she received a president's bravery award. Impressed by Patel's heroism, BJP top cadre suggested Anandiben Patel to join the party. At first, she was hesitant in joining the party, but on persuasion by Narendra Modi and Keshubhai Patel, she joined BJP as the Gujarat Pradesh Mahila Morcha President.

Early Life

  • 1967
    Patel worked as the teacher at Mohiniba Kanya Vidyalaya, Ahmedabad from 1967 to 1970. She taught science and mathematics to higher secondary students. Later, she became the school's principal.


Felicitated with Governor's Award for best teacher in Gujarat (1988), President's Award for the best teacher (1989), 'Sardar Patel' Award by Patel Jagruti Mandal, Mumbai (1999), 'Vidya Gaurav' Award by Shri Tapodhan Brahman Vikas Mandal (2000) and 'Patidar Shiromani' Award by the Patel community (2005). Also, she was felicitated with Gallantry Award for rescuing two girls of Mohinaba Girls' school from drowning at Navagam reservoir in Narmada. She was the winner of Charumati Yoddha Award (Jyotisangh), Ahmedabad. and Ambubhai Purani Vyayam Vidyalay Award (Rajpipala).
Special honour bestowed by Dharati Vikas Mandal for Women's Upliftment Campaign.
'Veerbala' award for ranking first in Mahesana District school sports event.
Net Worth86.35 LAKHS

Disclaimer: The information relating to the candidate is an archive based on the self-declared affidavit filed at the time of elections. The current status may be different. For the latest on the candidate kindly refer to the affidavit filed by the candidate with the Election Commission of India in the recent election.


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