Sheela Bhatt: What Anandiben Patel is Really Like
A day after BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi declared in his poll affidavit filed in Vadodara that he was a married and that name of. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben. In an apparent snub to Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel over her Ms. Jashodaben said Mr. Modi himself had mentioned about his marriage in his election . Different strokes: One way to help solve the problem of defaults on loans, taken. GANDHINAGAR: The husband of former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel, Mafatlal Patel, had in alerted Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the ‘discontent’ among Patidars and requested his personal intervention for ending it. After BJP suffered a huge erosion in the.
Patel was elected to the State Assembly in from Mandal constituency in Ahmedabad district and subsequently shifted to Patan in North Gujarat.Anandiben Patel Says PM Modi Is Not Married
In the Assembly polls, Patel shifted to Ghatlodia in Ahmedabad city. Besides her ministerial responsibilities, she is also in charge of the BJP organisation in Ahmedabad city and Surat district, both saffron bastions. Known to be hard-working, Patel is a strict taskmaster and gets maximum work out of bureaucrats and others. She is accepted much less among party cadres, but the bureaucrats in Gujarat generally bow to her dictates.
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In charisma, she is not a patch on Modi, and her acceptance among the masses will never become a reality. She is a woman; she is a Patel, the dominant caste; she is highly educated; she has experience; she is loyal to the party; and she will work hard under her mentor Modi's watch from New Delhi.
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If Modi had selected Ganpat Vasava or Bhupindersngh Chudasama instead of Anandiben or any other Patel minister, it would have hurt the Congress deeply. In the tribal areas of Gujarat, the Congress definitely has its strong presence.
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But for the last three decades with or without Modi, the Patel lobby has dominated the power set-up in Gandhinagar. Their social and economical upward mobility allows them to dictate political decisions.
In that sense Anandiben's appointment will turn out to be a smooth decision. There have been negative reports about her handling of the education department.
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Under her tenure Gujarat's education has not only become costly, even its quality has deteriorated. The self-financing schools have become a menace to society and corruption is taking its toll on the management of schools and colleges. On Modi's instructions, for the last two years Anandiben has been travelling widely in the state to get a sense of the district-level political and administrative scenario.
She has met Collectors and various important government officials to get a grip on issues.
She trusts Modi and would not do anything without his knowledge or consulting him. Modi too has complete faith in her. Emphasis should be placed on the word 'complete'. Shah is not going to be flexible on this issue.
One heads the government, the other the party. Those who know them say there is a major difference between the two: Modi is always more interested in winning an issue while Shah always tries to find a resolution. Modi is more successful in putting into practice all that he learnt at the RSS pathshala while Shah tends to aim at the Himalayas, gets only to the Sahyadri.
It was Shah who received the bodies of kar sevaks in Ahmedabad when they arrived from Godhra in He and Modi usually come to a consensus on their respective response to issues of national importance. Shah comes from an affluent family and the ancestral house in Mansa is a heritage building.
Interested in national politics since the early s, he gave up his PVC pipes business to join politics full-time. National issues interested him even when he was a VHP worker. He maintains a daily diary and records his thoughts. During an election in the s, Shah, while sitting in a small restaurant near the Ahmedabad railway station, told Modi: He has never lost an election he has contested. He is known to be in direct touch with cadres and district leaders — critics say he gets to know who criticises him.
Until he became party president, he used to take calls on his mobile phone: He says the jail term changed his life. Reciting the Bhagvad Gita before jail inmates, he took a vow to defeat the Congress. And he chose Uttar Pradesh to keep his promise. A qualified share broker, he is a hard bargainer, quite stingy in frittering away a political advantage.
But he has a weakness — a tendency to exaggerate facts and figures he wants to highlight.
So did the jail term and court cases create a negative image? He believes his rough phase will end after June Nothing is going to change that. Then, why make an effort to improve my image?
My work for my party matters to me.