Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be coming early to Gujarat to meet the family of BJP leader Keshubhai Patel.
The 92-year-old leader died of cardiac arrest on Thursday morning and was cremated at Gandhinagar in the evening.
Modi will arrive in Gujarat at 10.30 am on Friday and head to Gandhinagar. He will meet with Keshubhai Patel’s family and offer his condolences. Security measures have been put in place at Kevadia and Ahmedabad for his arrival and the rehearsal of the security convoy has also taken place.
Earlier the Prime Minister had paid rich tributes to Keshubhai Patel following his demise. Narendra Modi called Keshubhai Patel a mentor who groomed many younger karyakartas including m”.
“Keshubhai mentored and groomed many younger Karyakartas including me. Everyone loved his affable nature. His demise is an irreparable loss. We are all grieving today. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers. Spoke to his son Bharat and expressed condolences. Om Shanti,” Modi tweeted.
He said today India and Gujarat have lost a great leader. “I cannot imagine that our beloved Keshubhai Patel ji is no longer with us. I’m deeply saddened. His death is like the death of a father figure,” Modi said in his tweet.
Political life of Keshubhai Patel
The 92-year-old also served as the chairman of the Somnath Trust and was the first BJP chief minister of the state in 1995. He was associated with the RSS before being part of BJP. He soon lost to a coup by Shankersinh Vaghela but again came back to power in 1998 as the chief minister of the state.
He was the chief minister until 2001 but had faced severe criticism of the handling of the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat.
He later resigned from the party in 2012 to launch a new political outfit named ‘Gujarat Parivartan Party’ to contest the polls against then chief minister Narendra Modi. He was elected from Visavadar seat in 2012 but resigned in 2014 due to ill health. He had been an MLA six times.
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