Modest builder to CM: Bhupendra Patel’s cleanly constructed persona | India News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Bhupendra Patel had no inkling on Sunday morning that he could be chosen as the following CM of Gujarat. At 10am, he was planting bushes close to BRTS tracks in Bopal, which falls in his Ghatlodia constituency. Hours later, he was named for the highest put up.
A down-to-earth and delicate-spoken politician identified for his unassuming persona, Bhupendra’s common hangout spot until a day in the past used to be a paan parlour in Ghatlodia the place he frolicked with pals and supporters. He has had no legal case in opposition to him since he debuted as a councillor from the Memnagar nagarpalika in 1994.
He earned a diploma in civil engineering from the federal government polytechnic school in Ahmedabad in 1982 and entered the development sector thereafter. He was initially employed by a building firm in Ghatlodia gram panchayat for 2 years. Then he teamed up with just a few pals to take up housing building tasks. In 1987, he got here involved with former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel and joined BJP.
Bhupendra acquired his first political break as a councillor of the Memnagar nagarpalika in west Ahmedabad. His stint included the chairmanship of the nagarpalika’s standing committee and in 1999, he turned the municipal physique’s president. “During this time, Bhupendra Patel was responsible for the nagarpalika’s turnaround. House tax collection reached its highest level,” stated Jignesh Pandya, an in depth affiliate of Bhupendra. “It was rare then for a nagarpalika to register a profit. That achievement gave Bhupendra some fame.”
Bhupendra returned to the nagarpalika president’s put up in 2004 and held it for 2 and a half years earlier than Memnagar was merged into the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). He then went on to grow to be the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board vice-chairman. Around this time, his building enterprise started to develop.
Bhupendra’s huge break got here in 2010 when he was requested by Anandiben to contest from the Thaltej ward as a councillor. At the time she was the income and concrete improvement minister.
He was made the AMC standing committee chairman when all different elected members have been new within the civic physique. “Bhupendra’s close association with Anandiben was known when he was put in charge of her assembly election campaign in 2012,” stated an affiliate within the AMC. “He operated from a construction site office until he became the Ghatlodia MLA. He then finally bought office space where even today BJP karyakartas hold meetings.”
Bhupendra is an ardent follower of Dada Bhagwan, stated AMC councillor Jatin Patel.

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