Dinsha Patel
Dinsha Patel in 2014
Union Cabinet Minister of Mines
In office
28 October 2012 – 25 May 2014
PresidentPranab Mukherjee
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded bySelf as MoS (I/C)
Succeeded byPiyush Goyal as MoS (I/C)
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Mines
In office
19 January 2011 – 27 October 2012
Preceded byBijoy Krishna Handique as Cabinet Minister
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
In office
28 May 2009 – 18 January 2011
Succeeded byVirbhadra Singh as Cabinet Minister
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas
In office
2006 – 2009
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byKhushiram Jeswani
Succeeded byDevusinh Chauhan
Personal details
Born (1937-05-25) 25 May 1937 (age 87)
Baroda, Gujarat
Political partyIndian National Congress
SpouseSmt. Kundanben Dinsha Patel

Dinsha Jhaverbhai Patel (born 25 May 1937) is an Indian National Congress politician who 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

Patel was chosen by the Indian National Congress to contest against Narendra Modi on the Maninagar constituency in the 2007 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election.[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 86, 000 votes.[5][6]

In the previous elections he lost the assembly elections in the Nadiad constituency against Pankaj Desai,[7] however he has won the Parliament elections since 1975 from Nadiad.


  1. ^ "National Portal of India".
  2. ^ The Hindu News Update Service Archived 1 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Zee News – Dinsha Patel to contest against Modi
  4. ^ Minister Dinsha Patel to take on Modi in Maninagar
  5. ^ "Narendra Modi wins by over 86,000 votes from Maninagar - Yahoo! India News". Archived from the original on 26 December 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  6. ^ NDTV.com: BJP MLAs to elect Modi their leader on Monday
  7. ^ Even tussle between Cong, BJP in Nadiad