Anandi to handle more portfolios than mentor Modi

In her first important task of distributing portfolios to her 20 ministers, Gujarat’s new Chief Minister Anandi Patel has outdone her mentor and predecessor Narendra Modi and hinted that she is a hard task master and would call the shots.

By Mahesh Trivedi

Published: Sat 24 May 2014, 11:45 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:02 AM

Former CM Modi used to handle 10 departments but the 73-year-old former revenue minister has kept to herself as many as 14 portfolios, including important ones like home, industry, urban development and, of course, revenue. Even Modi had no guts to drop fisheries minister Purushottam Solanki but Anandi has knocked him off. Again, she has cut to size Finance Minister Nitin Patel by snatching his portfolio and further humiliated him by handing over the money matters to Energy Minister Saurabh Patel who is related to Ambanis.

She also did not bat an eyelid while dropping Modi’s three ministers for their poor performance not only in their respective departments but also in campaigning during the recent Lok Sabha polls.

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