Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel has passed away at the age of 92 years. Keshubhai Patel, a veteran BJP leader, was the chief minister of Gujarat for two terms.
Keshubhai Patel complained of difficulty in breathing on Thursday morning when he was taken to a hospital, where he passed away.
According to The Times of India, Keshubhai Patel had tested positive for coronavirus in September. The BJP leader was asymptomatic at the time of being diagnosed with Covid-19.
On Thursday morning, Keshubhai Patel was taken to a hospital in Ahmedabad where he breathed his last at the age of 92 years.
Condoling the death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Our beloved and respected Keshubhai has passed awayI 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 Patel was Gujarat chief minister in 1995 and again during 1998-2001 before Narendra Modi succeeded him as Gujarat chief minister.
Keshubhai Patel was a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly six times. He quit the BJP in 2012 and floated the Gujarat Parivartan Party, which performed poorly in 2012 Assembly polls and merged with the BJP in 2014.