Newly appointed leader of the BJP legislature party Vijay Rupani will take oath as chief minister and Nitin Patel as deputy chief minister, on Sunday at the Mahatma Mandir.
This will be the third swearing in of a CM after the 2012 assembly elections when Narendra Modi took the oath as CM. In May 2014 with Modi’s elevation as prime minister, Anandiben Patel was sworn in as successor. On Saturday the new leaders will present their letters of appointment to Governor OP Kohli in the presence of senior BJP leaders.
Patel had given a series of interviews to TV channels listing how he intends to take the state forward when it is facing the challenges like the Patel quota agitation and the Dalit unrest. Even sweets were distributed at his residence and a pooja was also organised.
Anandiben Patel announced her decision to resign through a Facebook post, saying it is time “the younger generation gets an opportunity to work”.
Since Thursday, Shah had been holding talks with party leaders to finalise the CM candidate after the party parliamentary board accepted Anandiben Patel’s offer to resign.
Over the last two days, the Patel lobby had been working overtime, pushing the theory that without a Patel CM, “restless Patels would desert the BJP”. Patel leaders who visited Shah Thursday argued that there was no non-Patel face which would be acceptable to Patels as the CM.
But non-Patel leaders have been pointing out that the Patel agitation has divided society along caste lines in North Gujarat and Saurashtra.