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

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

AHMEDABAD: Bhupendra Patel had no inkling on Sunday morning that he would be chosen as the next CM of Gujarat. At 10am, he was planting trees near BRTS tracks in Bopal, which falls in his Ghatlodia constituency. Hours later, he was named for the top post.
A down-to-earth and soft-spoken politician known for his unassuming persona, Bhupendra’s regular hangout spot till a day ago used to be a paan parlour in Ghatlodia where he spent time with friends and supporters. He has had no criminal case against him since he debuted as a councillor from the Memnagar nagarpalika in 1994.
He earned a diploma in civil engineering from the government polytechnic college in Ahmedabad in 1982 and entered the construction sector thereafter. He was initially employed by a construction company in Ghatlodia gram panchayat for two years. Then he teamed up with a few friends to take up housing construction projects. In 1987, he came in contact with former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel and joined BJP.
Bhupendra got 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 became the municipal body’s president. “During this time, Bhupendra Patel was responsible for the nagarpalika’s turnaround. House tax collection reached its highest level,” said Jignesh Pandya, a close associate 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 post in 2004 and held it for two and a half years before Memnagar was merged into the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). He then went on to become the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board vice-chairman. Around this time, his construction business began to grow.
Bhupendra’s big break came in 2010 when he was asked by Anandiben to contest from the Thaltej ward as a councillor. At the time she was the revenue and urban development minister.
He was made the AMC standing committee chairman when all other elected members were new in the civic body. “Bhupendra’s close association with Anandiben was known when he was put in charge of her assembly election campaign in 2012,” said an associate in 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, said AMC councillor Jatin Patel.

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