Newly-elected Gujarat Congress MLA passes away

Congress supporters

A newly-elected Congress MLA today passed away in a private hospital here after suffering brain haemorrhage.

52-year-old Savitaben Khant was yesterday declared elected from Morva Hadaf Assembly constituency in Panchmahal district.

Khant was at the counting centre yesterday when she felt giddy and fell off the chair. She was rushed to a hospital in Godhra, the district headquarters of Panchmahal.

After her condition deteriorated, the Congress leader was shifted to a private hospital here, about 100 km from Godhra, they said, adding she was kept on ventilator but died around noon due to brain haemorrhage, her family said.

Khant, a resident of Viramiya village, had defeated her nearest rival Bijalbhai Damor of BJP by a margin of 11,289 votes in the newly-formed constituency. Tragically, she was unaware of her victory till she breathed her last.

Her supporters rushed to the hospital here after learning about the illness.

Khant's body will be taken to Godhra to enable the party workers to pay their respect before the last rites are performed, Panchmahal Congress leader Samarsinh Patel said.

With Khant's death, the Opposition party's strength in the 182-member Assembly has been reduced to 60.

Modi to be sworn in as Chief Minister on Dec 26

Ahmedabad, Dec 21 (PTI) Narendra Modi, who posted a resounding victory in the assembly elections, will be sworn in as Gujarat Chief Minister for the fourth time on December 26.

Modi became Chief Minister for the first time on October 1, 2001 and subsequently in 2002 and 2007.

Modi drove to Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar this morning and submitted his resignation and that of his council of ministers to Governor Kamla Beniwal following constitution of the new House.

"As per the constitutional obligation, after the announcement of the results of the state assembly elections the Council of Ministers and Chief Minister as its head have tendered their resignations to the state Governer," Gujarat BJP spokesman Vijay Rupani said.

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