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Every woman here feeling like Chief Minister, said Gujarat's first woman CM Anandiben Patel

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 6:33pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

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Anandiben Patel, who was today sworn in as the first female Chief Minister of Gujarat, said every woman in the state was feeling empowered and "like CM" after her appointment to the top post.

"Very few parties choose women as leaders. BJP has given a woman Chief Minister to Gujarat. So not only I, but each and every woman in Gujarat is feeling like Chief Minister," Patel told the media after her swearing-in ceremony here at Mahatma Mandir here. Read More

According to media reports, the swearing in will take place at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Some members of her council of ministers will take the oath as well. She succeeded Narendra Modi who resigned as chief minister to become the prime minister of the country. Modi will be sworn in on Monday.

Anandiben Patel was elected leader of the Gujarat BJP Legislature Party in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. Patel was looking after revenue, urban development and education in the present government.

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Anandiben Patel, who succeeds Narendra Modi as the new Gujarat Chief Minister, is seen as a disciplinarian and hard taskmaster who puts a premium on probity, qualities often associated with her predecessor.

The 73-year-old Modi loyalist, the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat, was seen as a natural heir to the Prime Minister-designate as she headed the group of ministers tasked with the responsibility to run the state's day-to-day affairs during his hectic Lok Sabha campaign.

In Gujarat, Patel and Amit Shah are often described as Modi's "left and right arms". Patel holds the key portfolios of urban development, revenue and disaster management and was earlier in charge of education ministry, driving successfully some of the key Modi projects, including boosting of female literacy. Read More


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