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BJP MLA Ashaben Patel dies of complications due to dengue

Ashaben was one of the prominent faces of the Patidar reservation agitation in 2015 and a close aide of Hardik Patel.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
Updated: December 12, 2021 8:14:51 pm
BJP MLA from Unjha constituency Ashaben Patel.

Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) MLA from Unjha constituency of Mehsana district, Ashaben Patel, 44, died in Ahmedabad on Sunday due to health complications due to dengue.

“I inform you with profound sadness that Unjha MLA Asha Patel is no longer with us. She was admitted in Zydus hospital at Ahmedabad for treatment of dengue, but the seriousness of her case was such that despite the best efforts by a team of doctors, she could not be saved,” former deputy chief minister Nitin Patel told reporters in Ahmedabad.

Dr VN Shah, director of Zydus hospital, where she was admitted, said that they tried their best but could not save Patel and declared her dead around 1 pm.

Ashaben contracted dengue last week after her visit to Delhi following which she was under treatment at Suvidha Hospital in Unjha. When her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to Zydus Hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday in a critical condition. With multiple organ failure, she was put on ventilator.
Ashaben, a native of Vishol village in the Mehsana district, was unmarried and is survived by her mother Hiraben, three elder sisters and younger brother.

Her body was taken to Unjha APMC for people to pay their last tributes. The last rites will be performed in Sidhpur of neighbouring Patan district, said Ashaben’s friends in Unjha.

Ashaben was one of the prominent faces of 2015 Patidar reservation agitation and a close aide of leader of the agitation Hardik Patel.

In 2017, she won the Unjha seat on Congress ticket while ending the BJP domination on the seat by defeating six-time BJP MLA and former minister Narayan Patel.

Later she resigned as Congress MLA and joined the BJP. She was re-elected from the same constituency as BJP MLA in a by-election in 2019.

A former college professor, Ashaben was an executive member of Umiya Mataji Sansthan in Unjha, the supreme religious seat of the Kadva Patidar sub-caste group of Patidar community.

With the death of Ashaben, BJP’s tally in the Gujarat Assembly has gone down to 111. A senior officer of the state legislative department said that as per rules, if an assembly seat falls vacant before six months of the date of general assembly elections, it is required to hold by-election for the seat. Gujarat assembly’s general elections are due in December next year.

In a message issued from his office, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel paid tributes to Ashaben while expressing a sense of deep shock.

“CM Bhupendra Patel has appreciated the services rendered by Ashaben Patel as an awakened people’s representative who always remained active in resolving people’s issues,” the statement said. The CM also visited Unjha to pay his last respects to the deceased MLA.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed grief over Ashaben’s death and said that it has caused a big loss to the Gujarat BJP family.

Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil paid his respect to the deceased MLA and added that she was an MLA who would remain unmoved under any circumstances to fight for workers and the party.

CM Bhupendra Patel and former CM Vijay Rupani had visited the Unjha MLA at the hospital on Saturday even as her condition continued to remain critical. Health Minister Rushikesh Patel also visited her on Friday.

Ashaben had also contracted Covid-19 during the second wave of the pandemic in April-May this year.

(With PTI)

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