Anandiben Patel: First woman CM of Gujarat
Anandiben Patel (73) will succeed PM-designate Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Prior to her election as CM, she was state’s revenue minister. Modi was the longest-serving chief minister of the state. Anandiben Patel is the first woman chief minister of Gujarat.
Born: November 21, 1941
Political Party: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)
Career Profile: Former school teacher, a gold-medalist in MSc and also a winner of the President’s Medal. She held important portfolios of urban development, revenue and disaster management and was earlier in charge of education ministry, steering successfully some of the key Modi projects, including the one for boosting female literacy.