PM condoles the passing away of former CM of Gujarat, Keshubhai Patel
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Keshubhai Patel(92), who played a pivotal role in strengthening the BJP in the State, passed away on 29 October due to cardiac arrest. The BJP leader was the Chief Minister in 1995 and again during 1998-2001. Shri Patel was a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly six times. President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “With the demise of Keshubhai Patel, former Gujarat Chief Minister, the nation has lost a stalwart leader. His long public life was dedicated to improving the lives of millions, especially in villages.”
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the passing away of Shri Keshubhai Patel. In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said. “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. Keshubhai travelled across the length and breadth of Gujarat to strengthen the Jana Sangh and BJP. He resisted the Emergency tooth and nail. Issues of farmer welfare were closest to his heart. Be it as MLA, MP, Minister or CM, he ensured many farmer friendly measures were passed. Keshubhai mentored and groomed many younger Karyakartas including me. Everyone loved his affable nature. His demise is an irreparable loss. We are all grieving today. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers. Spoke to his son Bharat and expressed condolences. Om Shanti.”
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi reached Gujarat on 30 October and paid tribute to the deceased leader.
BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda said in a series of tweets, “Received sad news of the demise of Shri Keshubhai Patel, a senior leader of the BJP family and former Chief Minister of Gujarat. You will always be remembered for making BJP popular and serving Gujarat since the time of Jana Sangh. While working in Gujarat, you have made many inspiring efforts for the upliftment of the people, who played a pivotal role in the development of Gujarat. Your departure is an irreparable loss to society.”
Expressing condolence on the demise of the leader, Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah said in tweet “Received the sad news of the death of former Chief Minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel. His long public life was devoted to the service of the people of Gujarat. The death of Keshubhai has created such a void in Gujarat politics that it is not easy to fill. My condolences to his family.”