Ahmedabad: Former chief minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel, who tested positive for coronavirus last month, passed away on Thursday at the age of 92. The veteran politician was rushed to Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad after he complained of chest pain and passed away following a cardiac arrest.Also Read - Legendary Gujarati Actor Naresh Kanodia Passes Away Due to COVID-19 at 77, PM Modi Mourns
In September, the former CM had tested positive for novel coronavirus. He underwent a COVID-19 test as one of his attendants was detected with the infection.
A veteran BJP leader, Keshubhai Patel was the chief minister of Gujarat for two terms–March 1995 to October 1995 and from March 1998 to October 2001. He was a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly six times.
Patel was succeeded by Narendra Modi, who remained the CM of Gujarat till he became prime minister in 2014.
In 2012, he quit BJP to launch a new political party named ‘Gujarat Parivartan Party’ to contest the polls. However, his party performed poorly in the 2012 Gujarat Assembly Election. Later, he was elected from Visavadar in the 2012 state assembly election but later resigned in 2014 due to ill health.
Mourning his loss, PM Narendra Modi paid tributes to the former CM in a series of tweets and wrote, ‘Our beloved and respected Keshubhai has passed away…I am deeply pained and saddened. He was an outstanding leader who cared for every section of society. His life was devoted to the progress of Gujarat and the empowerment of every Gujarati”.
He also shared a couple of pictures of the departed leader and remembered his contributions towards the development of Gujarat.