Former chief minister Keshubhai Patel, who led the primary BJP government in Gujarat in 1995, gave up the ghost at 93 years at a hospital in Ahmedabad where he was rushed Thursday morning following health complications.
Confirming the news to The Indian Express, Bharat said that although he had recovered from Covid 19, “some damage had been done to his health, as he also suffered from cancer of the prostate”.
Patel had tested positive for Covid on September 18 and was discharged ten days later after he tested negative. However, he was taken to hospital again following some complications and had been discharged on Tuesday. He had got himself tested after two of his personal staff members had tested positive.
Keshubhai Patel was Gujarat’s CM from March 1995 to October 1995 and from March 1998 to October 2001. He was a senior BJP leader within the state until he resigned from the party in 2012 to launch a replacement political outfit named ‘Gujarat Parivartan Party’ to contest the polls.
A warhorse, Patel had led a front against the then chief minister Narendra Modi-led BJP to contest the overall elections in Gujarat in 2012.