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Suresh Mehta
11th Chief Minister of Gujarat
In office
21 October 1995 – 19 September 1996
Preceded byKeshubhai Patel
Succeeded byPresident's rule
Personal details
Sureshchandra Mehta

(1936-08-05) 5 August 1936 (age 87)
Mandvi, Cutch State, British India
(now in Gujarat, India)
Political partyBharatiya Jana Sangh
Bharatiya Janata Party (1980-2007)
Gujarat Parivartan Party (2012-2014)

Suresh Mehta (born 5 August 1936) is an Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Gujarat from 1995 to 1996.[1][2]


Early life

Suresh Mehta was born on 5 August 1936 at Mandvi, Cutch State (now in Kachchh District, Gujarat, India).

Political career

He was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was elected to Gujarat Vidhan Sabha from Mandvi in Kachchh area in 1975 (w Jana Sangh), 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998. He lost the seat in 2002 elections.

He served as the cabinet minister when Keshubhai Patel formed the government in the 1995 assembly elections. Keshubhai Patel resigned in October 1995 following revolt of his colleague Shankersinh Vaghela and consequently, Mehta was sworn in as the Chief Minister in October 1995 and he served till September 1996. However, BJP was split as the Rashtriya Janata Party which was formed by Vaghela. Mehta resigned from post of the CM and the President's rule was imposed. He again served as the industry cabinet minister under Patel when the BJP returned to the power in the 1998 assembly elections.

Patel resigned in 2001 following allegations of mismanagement in relief works during the aftermath of the 2001 Bhuj earthquake and a loss of BJP seats in by-elections. Narendra Modi succeeded Patel under whom Mehta had reservations to serve as the cabinet minister but he served until 2002.[3]

He opposed leadership of Narendra Modi and quit BJP on 8 December 2007, just before the 2007 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election.[4] Later he joined the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) founded by the former chief minister Keshubhai Patel in 2012.[5] He opposed the GPP's merger with the BJP in February 2014 and left the party.[6][7]


  1. ^ Preston, I. (2001). A Political Chronology of Central, South and East Asia. Chronologies of the world series. Taylor & Francis Group. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-85743-114-8. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  2. ^ Ruparelia, S. (2015). Divided We Govern: Coalition Politics in Modern India. Oxford University Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-19-026491-8. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  3. ^ "I won't join his ministry, says Suresh Mehta". The Times of India. 3 October 2001. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Suresh Mehta quits BJP". The Hindu. 9 December 2007. Archived from the original on 10 December 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Keshubhai may step down as GPP chief". The Pioneer. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Gujarat Parivartan Party merges with BJP". Niticentral. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Keshubhai Patel's Gujarat Parivartan Party merges with BJP". Jagran.