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Let’s welcome Vijay Rupani: Twitterati react after BJP announces Gujarat CM

Gujarat BJP chief Vijay Rupani has been named as the new Chief Minister of the state and Health Minister Nitin Patel has been named as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2016 7:14:08 pm
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In a move that surprised many, Gujarat BJP chief Vijay Rupani has been named as the new Chief Minister of the state, after a meeting of the BJP legislators at State Party headquarter Shree Kamalam in Ahmedabad on Friday evening. Health Minister Nitin Patel has been named as the Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The meeting was held in the presence of national BJP president Amit Shah and central observers Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pandey. Besides these, national vice-president Parshottam Rupala, State in-charge Dinesh Sharma and national organising Secretary V Satish were also present.

Rupani would be tasked with leading the party in the assembly polls due next year, overcoming the multiple challenges faced by it in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP, in power in Gujarat for long, has been facing grim challenges like Patel quota stir and Dalit unrest in the wake of widely condemned dalit flogging incident in Una apart from reversals in rural areas in civic polls, which together seem to have dented its image and support base, prompting Aanandiben to quit.

People on Twitter reacted on this move that has come as a surprise to many:

Anandiben Patel announced her decision to resign through a Facebook post last week, saying she thought it fit to step down since as she will turn 75 this November, the age cap set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the central and the state ministries. 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.

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