A. K. Patel is a former union minister of state in Government of India. He served as Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government from 1998 to 1999. He was a senior leader of Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party. He represented Mehsana in the Lok Sabha from 1984 to 1999.
He was born in 1931 in Vadu, Mehsana District, Gujarat. His social roots and family belongs to Betalis Kadva Patel Samaj, Kalol, Gandhinagar.
He passed MBBS from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Dr A. K. Patel practiced medicine in Vijapur Dist Mehsana for many years helping local community. He ultimately joined politics in local, state and national level.
A doctor by profession, Patel joined politics and served as a member of Gujarat Assembly from 1975 to 1984.
He was elected as a MLA (Dhara Sabhya) from Vijapur seat from 1975-84 in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly (Gujarat Vidhan Sabha) for two terms.
Patel was elected as a Member of Parliament from Mehsana five times. He was elected to the 8th Lok Sabha in 1984, the 9th 1989, 10th in 1991, 11th in 1996 and 12th in 1998. He was also elected to the Rajya Sabha for Gujarat from 3 April 2000 to 2 April 2006.
Patel served as Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Government of India in 1998.
Patel provided leadership to various organizations surrounding Vijapur District- Mehsana. He was one of pioneer to start Pilvai College under management of Uttar-Purva Gujarat Uchcha Kelvani Mandal (society promoting education in local area) in 1960 along with Ramchandra Amin, Chagan Bha Patel, Gangaram Raval and Motibhai Chaudhary.
He serve as Managing Trustee of S.R.S.T. General Hospital, Vijapur; Asha Education Trust; Girls College, Vijapur; and Trustee, St. Joseph Public School, Vijapur