New Delhi, Oct 9: Ahead of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017, former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has decided not to contest the upcoming polls. Patel, on Monday wrote a letter to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah and conveyed her decision.

In her letter to the BJP chief, dated October 4, the former Gujarat CM has cited her age and appealed Shah to field young and meritorious candidates. Patel asserted that she has been working with the party from past 31 years and during that period, she efficiently carried out all the responsibilities that was handed over to her.

Patel, who represents the Ghatlodia constituency, also mentioned that as per the BJP policy, one has to resign after crossing the age limit of 75 years. She has requested the party to nominate a local BJP worker in her place from the constituency.

 

Anandiben had joined BJP in 1987. She handled number of major portfolios in the Gujarat assembly cabinet from 2007 to 2014, when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state.

Patel, who had succeeded Narendra Modi in 2014 to become the first woman chief minister of the state, had resigned in August 2016 in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s drubbing in the 2015 local self-government elections and the Patidar agitation.

A couple of days ago, PM Modi kicked off party’s election campaign by offering prayers at the famous Dwarkadhish temple and inaugurating multiple development projects. Assembly election in PM Modi’s home state is due in December.