Hitendra Kanaiyalal Desai
|Hitendra Kanaiyalal Desai|
|Former Chief Minister of Gujarat|
|Preceded by||Balwantrai Mehta|
|Succeeded by||Ghanshyambhai C. Oza|
9 August 1915|
|Died||12 September 1993(aged 78)|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
 Political career
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 State of Bombay.
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 September 20, 1965 to May 12, 1971. His reign saw the 1969 Gujarat riots.
- "Shri Hitendrabhai Kanaiyalal Desai". Gujarat Information Bureau.