Gujarat: Vijay Rupani to be sworn in as Chief Minister today

Gujarat: While Vijay Rupani is touted to be Amit Shah loyalist, Deputy CM designate Nitin Patel was Anandiben Patel's choice for the chief ministerial position.

By: PTI | Gandhinagar | Updated: August 7, 2016 9:54 am
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Vijay Rupani will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on Sunday, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where BJP is grappling with unrest due to the Patel quota stir and attacks on Dalits ahead of the high-stake Assembly elections scheduled next year. Rupani met Governor O P Kohli on Saturday and staked claim to form the government, a day after he was elected by BJP legislators to succeed Anandiben Patel, with the central leadership playing a vital role in the choice.

After the meeting with the Governor, BJP state in-charge Dinesh Sharma said 60-year-old Rupani will take oath on Sunday at 12.40 PM. While Rupani was accompanied by Deputy CM designate Nitin Patel and other state leaders, outgoing Chief Minister Anandiben Patel was conspicuous by her absence. “We have told the Governor that the BJP Legislature party has endorsed the names of Vijay Rupani as new Chief Minister and Nitin Patel as Deputy Chief Minister,” Sharma said after the meeting.

He, however, evaded a direct reply to a question on Anandiben’s absence, saying, “She was present when she resigned. Today (only)those who have been chosen are present.” In a dramatic turnaround the BJP central leadership Friday decided on Rupani, an Amit Shah loyalist and state party chief, to replace Anandiben as the chief minister, instead of Nitin Patel who was the front-runner till the last moment.

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Anandiben had insisted on Nitin Patel as her successor, while Shah stood firm by Rupani. As a compromise formula, Patel was elevated to be Deputy Chief Minister after intervention of the central leadership, including Modi. Selection of Rupani, who belongs to Jain Baniya community, is being seen as a deft move by the party to avoid the impression of favouring any major segment of the society over others. While the Patel community has been on a warpath with their demand for OBC quota, the state has witnessed Dalit unrest over the widely condemned Una flogging incident which seems to have dented the image of the government. Rupani, who came up through the RSS, is being assigned the task of leading BJP in the polls at a time when BJP is struggling to retain its political base. The party has also been affected by the absence of leaders of Modi’s calibre in the state.

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  1. Y
    Aug 7, 2016 at 5:17 am
    Greedy Patels now going to create more problems
    1. C
      Chandrashekhar Deshpande
      Aug 7, 2016 at 6:16 am
      Why we always stress on Caste to be appointed as CM or any head of supreme post? This practice of Head Haunting started by Congress. If we see the history of all political appointments as CM(s) and ticket distribution, Congress always maintained viz. In Maharashtra Marathas were given preference, In Old AP all Reddy’s were there, In UP Brahmins, Rajasthan all upper caste so and so forth. It is ‘Namo’ who really smashed this useless process and given preference to those who have guts and who seem to be honest, and loyal to party.
      1. I
        Aug 7, 2016 at 5:20 am
        Modi did not belong to any significantly large;br/gt;Gujarat elected him and BJP chose him for CM over Keshubhai Patel and ShankarSinh Veghela two leaders from two main castes - Patels and Rajputs. lt;br/gt;Rupani is a Jain and again it is not one of the major community in;br/gt;If he is a good leader, he will survive and even may rise like Modi.
        1. I
          Aug 7, 2016 at 5:17 am
          Well said!
          1. J
            James Mason
            Aug 7, 2016 at 10:03 am
            Ragulji proved is a Rambo, Macho-man in Suknya episode
            1. R
              Aug 7, 2016 at 6:58 am
              Rupani is double gradute while Nitin is just FY b. I am not understaning why Patel choose only ilitreate(Keshubhai) when they have lots of well literate people as MLA. lt;br/gt;Rupani is good choice.
              1. M
                Aug 7, 2016 at 10:21 pm
                Rupani is very intelligent and like Arvind Kejriwal also running a NGO. He is very close to Amit Shah also. MODI JI AB TO JAG JAO Dont say afterwards that no body warnned you
                1. P
                  Aug 7, 2016 at 4:57 am
                  RSS/BJP has exposed their true colors. They speak about "merit" when in reality they are more close minded than others. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Rupani is first time MLA gets to be CM only because of Amit Shah after ping on more able expeRienced;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India is being turned into a joke by RSS/BJP.
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