A day after the exit of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his cabinet, Ghatlodia MLA Bhupendra Patel was picked to be the next CM of the state. He will take oath as CM on Monday afternoon.
The decision to pick Patel was taken at the BJP legislature party meeting in Gandhinagar on Sunday. His name was proposed by CM Vijay Rupani, whose resignation from the post on Saturday surprised many. Most of the 112 MLAs of the party in the 182-member Assembly were present at the meeting, BJP sources told PTI.
Anandiben Patel had represented the Ghatlodia constituency before she was appointed Governor.
Speaking to the media, Bhupendra Patel expressed gratitude towards PM Narendra Modi, BJP national president J P Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah while adding that the blessings of former Gujarat CM and Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel have always been with him. Patel added that he is going to Raj Bhavan at 6 pm today to stake claim to form government. He is going to take the oath of office and secrecy on Monday, and the council of ministers will be declared soon.
Patel had won the 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls from the Ghatlodia constituency, defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel by over one lakh votes. It was the highest winning margin in the 2017 Gujarat polls. He holds a diploma in civil engineering and is considered to be close to former CM Anandiben Patel, who had won from the seat in the 2012 polls. Patel, a first-time MLA, is a member of the Patidar community. He has also held the positions of president of Memnagar municipality in Ahmedabad, standing committee chairman of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority.