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Dinsha Patel

Dinsha Patel
Union Cabinet Minister, Mines
In office
28 October 2012 – 25 May 2014
Minister of State, Mines (Independent Charge)
In office
19 Jan 2011 - 27 October 2012
Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Independent Charge)
In office
May 2009 - 18 Jan 2011
Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas
In office
2006 - 2009
Assumed office
Preceded by Khushiram Jeswani
Constituency Kheda
Personal details
Born (1937-05-25) May 25, 1937
Baroda, Gujarat
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Smt. Kundanben Dinsha Patel
Residence Nadiad
Religion Hinduism

Dinsha Jhaverbhai Patel (born May 25, 1937) was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Kheda constituency of Gujarat and is a member of the Indian National Congress. He was the Union Cabinet Minister, Mines . He was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines (Independent Charge) from 19 Jan 2011 to 27 Sep 2012 . He was also a Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Independent Charge) from May 2009 to 18 Jan 2011 and was a Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas from 2006 to 2009. On 28 October 2012 he was given the responsibilities of Union Cabinet Minister, Mines.[1]

Contesting against Modi

Dinsha Patel was chosen by the Indian National Congress to contest against Narendra Modi on the Maninagar constituency in the 2007 Gujarat Elections[2][3] .[4] His selection was based on his clean image and his Patel community background. He was selected after congress could not find any suitable candidate to oppose Narendra Modi. He was also being projected as the future chief minister of Gujarat. He lost the elections by more than 86000 votes.[5] [6] In the previous elections he lost the assembly elections in the Kaira constituency against Pankaj Desai.,[7] however he has won the Parliament elections since 1975 from Nadiad.


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  2. ^ The Hindu News Update Service
  3. ^ Zee News - Dinsha Patel to contest against Modi
  4. ^ Minister Dinsha Patel to take on Modi in Maninagar
  5. ^
  6. ^ BJP MLAs to elect Modi their leader on Monday
  7. ^ Even tussle between Cong, BJP in Nadiad

External links

  • Official biographical sketch in Parliament of India website
  • Official website of Dinsha patel
  • Official Bio-data
  • Images of Dinsha Patel from The Hindu

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