"I have submitted the resignation owing to my health," the wheelchair-bound octogenarian leader told reporters after submitting his resignation to Speaker Vajubhai Vala.

The resignation came a day after he strongly hinted while talking to his supporters in Visavadar that he will step down as a legislator.

"In the state (health) I am now, I would not be able to serve the people of my constituency. Now I will concentrate on recovery of my health," Patel, who represents Visavadar constituency in Junagadh district, said.

Patel had also said his Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) should merge with a national party other than Congress.

"After I stepped down as the head of GPP, the party office-bearers met and decided to merge the party with a national party," he said.

The former chief minister, who was removed unceremoniously in 2001 to pave the way for Narendra Modi's rise, had floated GPP before 2012 assembly elections.

Patel had stepped down as GPP president last month after his son Bharat joined BJP.

(Agencies)

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