New Gujarat CM to be announced today by BJP


GANDHINAGAR: Today subsequent to a meeting of BJP leaders in Gandhinagar this sunset, the suspense over who will succeed Anandiben Patel and be the next Chief Minister of Gujarat is probable to conclude. The gathering, where BJP lawmakers will elect the new chief minister, will be present at party president Amit shah and two central observers – Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pande. Yesterday Mr Shah reached Ahmedabad and held concentrated deliberations with party leaders to finalise the applicant.

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Between those he met at his residence were Nitin Patel, the superior most minister from the state who is supposed to be the frontrunner for the post, and state BJP president Vijay Rupani – a Jain leader recognized to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has currently withdrawn from the race. Mr Patel grasps several key portfolios in the Gujarat administration and is, like Anandiben, an influential Patel leader from north Gujarat. He had headed the group that held negotiations with leaders of the Patel or Patidaar agitation for reservation in administration jobs and colleges. Others in the race are union minister Purshottam Rupala and Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava. On Monday Anandiben Patel, Gujarat's first woman chief minister, had declared her resignation, conveying she was quitting two months previous to her 75th birthday in harmony with the party's practice of retiring older leaders to give a chance to younger leaders.

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She is blamed of mismanaging both the Patel campaigning for reservation and the current Dalit complaint over the brutal beating of four young men by cow vigilantes. The BJP, which has ruled the state for 25 years straight, also experienced a humiliating setback in municipal elections and the new chief minister will have to make vital alteration to revive the party's stock in time for assembly elections subsequently year in Gujarat, which is also PM Modi's home state.