In a shocking turn of events, BJP state Chief Vijay Rupani has been named the new Chief Minister of Gujarat. Nitin Patel would only be his Deputy.
The surprise move came after a meeting of the BJP legislators at State Party headquarter Shree Kamalam. Till the time it was decided, Nitin Patel was almost confirmed to take over reigns from the outgoing CM Anandiben Patel.
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Nothing is known about what actually happened in the meeting. The meeting was held in the presence of national BJP president Amit Shah and central observers Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pandey. Besides these, national vice-president Parshottam Rupala, State in-charge Dinesh Sharma and national organising Secretary V Satish were also present.
Health Minister and a front runner for the coveted post Nitin Patel has said that whoever will be chosen at Friday’s meeting, he along with all MLAs will support him wholeheartedly. By Friday afternoon, after his name emerged as almost certain, Patel even gave television interviews accepting congratulations.
Rupani had earlier bowed out of the race for CM.
On Wednesday, former chief minister Anandiben Patel submitted her resignation to Governor O P Kohli after BJP leaders decided to accept her offer to quit the post.
The events in Gujarat is getting unpredictable every moment. What will the Patels do now? What happens to Dalit issue? What tact card is Amit Shah playing here?
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