Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel passed away on Thursday at the age of 92. He was admitted to Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad following difficulty in breathing .He had recovered from COVID-19 recently.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran served as Gujarat’s chief minister for a brief term in 1995 and again between 1998 and 2001. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had succeeded him as the state’s chief minister.

Born in Visavadar town of Junagadh district in 1928, Patel joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1945 as a pracharak before starting his political career as a worker for the Jan Sangh.