Gujarat is all set to see the appointment of its next chief minister on Thursday as BJP MLAs in the state are slated to meet and elect a new legislative leader. While speculations were rife that party president Amit Shah could be the next CM, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu laid all rumours to rest saying “such a question does not arise” and the party needed his leadership at the national level. Shah has now been assigned with the task of consulting the state MLA’s to elect a new leader for Gujarat.
In a meeting headed by Shah and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP parliamentary board asked senior cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari and party general secretary Saroj Pandey to act as party’s central observers during the election of the new chief minister. Shah, who has been asked to oversee the procedure, has reached Ahmedabad. The new CM is likely to take oath on August 5.
According to Naidu, the new chief minister will be from Gujarat and will be an MLA. Sources suggest Gujarat BJP president Vijay Rupani is being considered as Anandiben’s likely successor along with Health Minister Nitin Patel.
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.
9:31am: BJP president Amit Shah arrives in Ahmedabad for the meeting with state MLAs to elect Gujarat’s new chief minister.