Anandiben asks BJP to relieve her as CM; Kejriwal says because of increasing popularity of AAP in Gujarat

Ahmedabad : Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has called upon the BJP leadership to “relieve” her from her present responsibilities in keeping with the “party’s laudable tradition??? of leaders who turn 75 vacating their posts.

In a Facebook post in Gujarati on Monday, Patel says: “I turn 75 in November but I would request the leadership to relieve me now to allow more time to the new incumbent.???

Patel said the State government’s ambitious biennial Vibrant Gujarat meet this year-end and the crucial state assembly elections fall next year. She said, “The new Chief Minister will thus have adequate time to prepare for these important events.???

Soon after Gujarat Chief Minster Anandiben Patel offered to resign, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the development was the result of his AAP’s growing popularity in the state.

“The resignation of Anandiji is the result of AAP’s growing popularity in Gujarat. BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is terribly scared,” Kejriwal tweeted.

“The resignation (of Anandiben Patel) is a victory of AAP’s fight against corruption in the state,” said Kejriwal, who is also the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Anandiben’s offer to resign comes a day after a massive protest by the Dalit community following the outrage over the thrashing of four Dalits over the skinning of a dead cow in the state’s Una.