Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took to Twitter and congratulated Gujarat’s newly-appointed Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. In a series of tweets, the PM said, “Congrats to Vijay Rupani, Nitinbhai Patel and others sworn-in as they begin their innings to continue the development journey of Gujarat.”
The Prime Minister also lauded the work done by former Chief Minister Ananideben Patel. He wrote on Twitter, “I applaud the dedicated service of @anandibenpatel, who has been working tirelessly for the people of Gujarat for many years.”
Vijay Rupani and Nitin Patel were sworn in as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat respectively on Sunday at a swearing-in ceremony in Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by BJP President Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, former chief minister Anandiben Patel among other BJP leaders.
The former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel last week met Governor OP Kohli and submitted her resignation letter. Patel announced her decision to step down in a Facebook post earlier in the same week, saying she wants to make way for the younger generation in the party as she would be turning 75 soon.
Patel’s announcement comes in the backdrop of the Patidar quota agitation and protests by Dalit groups against the flogging of a family by gau rakshaks for skinning a dead cow.
Reportedly, the former CM insisted on Nitin Patel to be chosen as her successor, while the BJP President Amit Shah stood firm by Vijay Rupani.
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.