Anandiben Patel, the chief minister of Gujarat who took over from Narendra Modi after he became Prime Minister, on Monday offered to resign after extensive protests by the Patidar community as well as a more recent statewide protest by Dalits wracked the state.
The state has been facing extensive Dalit protests after four Dalit youths were brutally beaten for skinning a dead cow. Another Dalit youth committed suicide on Sunday after consuming poison to protest the Una beatings. At least 18 Dalit youth have attempted suicide in the state following the attacks.
In a Facebook post, the chief minister wrote that she had requested the party leadership to relieve her of the CM’s post as she was reaching 75 years’ age.
“This will also give the new leadership time to prepare for the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January 2017,” she wrote.
“”I got the opportunity to serve the people of Gujarat and I have done that to the best of my abilities. I have loved this state like my own family and the people have reciprocated that feeling. For this, I offer my heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat,” she wrote
On July 15, Hardik Patel, the firebrand leader who brought the state government to a standstill as part of demands for reservations for the Patel community under the OBC category, was released from jail after nine months on condition that he stay out of the state for another nine months. The Patidar leader has vowed to continue his struggle to obtain OBC status for the Patel community.
Here is her Facebook post