Anandiben Patel is an Indian teacher-turned-politician, who presently serves as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh. She is the first female Chief Minister of Gujarat, and she has also remained the former Governor of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.The longest-serving woman legislator in Gujarat, Anandiben is also an educationalist, social worker, and a former cabinet minister of the Gujarat Government, where she held up to five portfolios. She has also been an active member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 1987.She attended a boys school in her village from classes 5 to 7, and she was the only girl student there. Her high school in Ahemdabad also had only three girls at the time.While studying in school, Anandiben was active in sports and was a district level champion in athletics for three consecutive years. India.com.Belonging to a farming family, Ms Patel was a gold medalist in MSc and M.Ed, which she completed from the Gujarat Vidyapith. Raj Bhavan UP.On 29 May 1962, Anandiben got married to her now-estranged husband, Mafatlal Patel, who worked as a Psychology professor at the Saraspur Art and Commerce College in Ahmedabad.Soon after marriage, Anandiben started working in the Mehsana Development House in Visnagar where she would listen to the queries of women and take them to the late Shantaben Patel, an MLA from Mehsana who built the House. After working there for a year, the couple moved to Ahemadabad, and Anandiben started working as a maths and science teacher in Mohiniba Girls Vidyalaya in 1967. She was promoted to the post of principal a year later. Divya Bhaskar.In 1985, Anandiben and Mafatlal began living apart, however, they did not legally divorce. Reports stated that Mafatlal blamed interference by Narendra Modi as the reason for their separation. According to Mafatlal, Modi had greatly influenced Anandiben into politics when she was the school principal. He also wrote several letters to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L. K. Advani complaining about the same. Anandibens husband even campaigned against her in assembly elections. The Times of India Mafatbhai said in an interview, DNA India When she [Anandiben Patel] entered politics, she severed all ties with the family for no fault of ours. Her behaviour has become deformed and Narendra Modi is responsible for it..In 1987, Patel, the principal of Mohiniba Vidyalaya, came into the limelight after she saved two girls of her school from drowning by quickly jumping into Sardar Sarovar reservoir in the Narmada river. Deccan Herald.Following her heroic stint, some leaders of BJP approached Anandiben, and in 1987, she joined the party and entered into politics. Patel began as the President of BJPs women wing and steadily rose through the ranks. She also held other important designations in the party, including the President of State Womens Front, Vice President for BJPs State Unit, and Member of National Executive Council of BJP. Mint.