Outgoing Chief Minister Anandiben Patel took part in various public functions in south Gujarat Thursday.
Patel inaugurated the ‘van mahotsav’ by planting saplings and also inaugurated a sugar factory at Bardoli in Surat district. Invoking Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Mahatma Gandhi, she stressed on their contribution in nation-building and also spoke at length on the importance of trees and their impact on global warming.
She was accompanied by state Finance Minister Saurabh Patel, Forests Minister Mangubhai Patel and Tribal Affairs Minister Ganpat Vasava.
Lauding Patel’s move to step down, Vasava said, “I think she (Anandiben Patel) is the first such chief minister in Gujarat, who had stepped down from the important post. She had set an example to all the people of Gujarat and India. The step taken by her is courageous.”
Patel also laid the foundation stone of a bio-waste to bio-energy project and a food processing plant of APMC market at Sahara Darwaja in Surat later in the afternoon.
Later, she launched a toll-free number for organ donation using a mobile application at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University.
It was developed by Donate Life, an NGO working to create awareness for organ donation in Surat city.