Gandhinagar: Ghatlodia MLA and a senior BJP leader, Bhupendra Patel was appointed as the new chief minister of Gujarat, after former CM Vijay Rupani resigned from the post, ahead of the state Assembly polls that are scheduled to be held in December 2022
Bhupendra Patel, 55, was named at the BJP’s Legislature party meeting held today to elect a new chief ministerial face in the presence of central observers Union Ministers Narendra Tomar, Prahlad Joshi and party general secretary Tarun Chaug. Bhupendra’s name was proposed by CM Rupani. The new CM is now schedule to visit the Governor’s Residence at 5:30 PM to stake his claim for the top post.
Congratulating Bhupendra Patel on being elected as the new Gujarat Chief Minister after Vijay Rupani’s yesterday exit, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted:
मुझे विश्वास है कि @narendramodi जी के मार्गदर्शन व आपके नेतृत्व में प्रदेश की अनवरत विकास यात्रा को नई ऊर्जा व गति मिलेगी और गुजरात सुशासन व जनकल्याण में निरंतर अग्रणी बना रहेगा।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 12, 2021
The new CM designate is known to be a protege of former chief minister Anandiben Patel. He was twice chairperson of the Ahmedabad municipal corporation and was once the head of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority.
Patel had won the Ghatlodiya seat defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel by a margin of 117,000 votes in the 2017 assembly elections, the largest margin in that poll.
He will stake claim to form the government in a meeting with state governor Acharya Devvrat at 6 pm, and the date of swearing in will be decided later.
The new CM was picked a day after Rupani, 65, abruptly resigned from his post without giving any reasons. Elections are due to the 182-member Gujarat assembly in December 2022.
I have contributed to the development of the state. I will further do whatever is asked by my party,” said Rupani, who completed five years in office on August 7 this year.
Mr Rupani was the fourth Chief Minister to be replaced in the BJP ruled states so far this year.
The list includes BS Yediyurappa in Karnataka, who resigned as chief minister on July 26 with nearly two years to go before his tenure ended in 2023. In Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat quit on July 12 – barely four months after replacing Trivendra Rawat.
In Gujarat, Mr Rupani was installed in 2016 – 16 months ahead of elections – after the removal of Anandiben Patel.