|Union Cabinet Minister, Mines|
28 October 2012 – 25 May 2014
|Minister of State, Mines (Independent Charge)|
19 Jan 2011 – 27 October 2012
|Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Independent Charge)|
May 2009 - 18 Jan 2011
|Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas|
2006 - 2009
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||Khushiram Jeswani|
|Born||25 May 1937|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Smt. 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.
Patel was chosen by the Indian National Congress to contest against Narendra Modi on the Maninagar constituency in the 2007 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election.
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.
In the previous elections he lost the assembly elections in the Nadiad constituency against Pankaj Desai, however he has won the Parliament elections since 1975 from Nadiad.
((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)