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Hitendra Kanaiyalal Desai

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Hitendra Kanaiyalal Desai (9 August 1915 – 12 September 1993) was the Chief Minister of Gujarat and a leader of Indian National Congress and later Indian National Congress (O).

Hitendra Kanaiyalal Desai
3rd Chief Minister of Gujarat
In office
20 September 1965 – 12 May 1971
Preceded byBalwantrai Mehta
Succeeded byPresident's rule
Personal details
Born(1915-08-09)9 August 1915
Surat, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died12 September 1993(1993-09-12) (aged 78)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Political partyIndian National Congress Indian National Congress (O)

Political careerEdit

Desai was born in Surat. As a student, he took leading part in debates, sports and other activities at School and College. In 1941-42, he was arrested during the ‘Quit India’ freedom Movement for offering individual Satyagrah and went to jail for one year. He was Education Minister in the reorganised Bombay state.

Hitendra Desai was the Minister of Law in the ministry headed by Dr. Jivraj Narayan Mehta. He was also Minister for Home and Deputy leader of the House. Later, he was the Chief Minister of the state from 20 September 1965 to 12 May 1971.[1][2][3][4][5] He decided to side with the syndicate after the expulsion of Indira Gandhi from the Congress. The 1969 Gujarat riots occurred during his administration.


  1. ^ "Shri Hitendrabhai Kanaiyalal Desai". Gujarat Information Bureau.
  2. ^ S. C. Bhatt, Gopal K. Bhargava (2006). Land and People of Indian States and Union Territories: In 36 Volumes. Gujarat. Gyan Publishing House. pp. 120–. ISBN 978-81-7835-364-7. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ Verinder Grover; Ranjana Arora (1996). Encyclopaedia of India and her states: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra. Deep & Deep. p. 12. ISBN 978-81-7100-725-7. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Narendra Modi Fast Facts". CNN. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  5. ^ Times of India (Firm) (1970). The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. Bennett, Coleman & Company. p. 866. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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