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Prahlad Joshi, Narendra Tomar to conduct meet today to elect new Gujarat CM

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Gandhinagar: A day after the sudden resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) high command has deputed two Central observers Narendra Singh Tomar and Pralhad Joshi to the state, who are scheduled to conduct the legislature party meet at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Gandhinagar to elect a new leader to replace him. Both leaders had reached the BJP office in Gandhinagar, minutes after the resignation of Rupani.

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According to party sources, the new Chief Minister along with the Council of Ministers is likely to be sworn in on Monday.

The BJP has strictly instructed all the party MLAs and has directed them to be present in the meeting, which will also have in attendance- BJP state chief CR Patil and outgoing CM Vijay Rupani. The name of the next CM is expected to be decided and declared in the meeting. So far, the names of Deputy CM Nitin Patel and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Administrator of Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep Praful Patel and outgoing Cabinet Minister and former State party chief R.C. Faldu have emerged for the post of the Gujarat CM. The new CM is expected to take oath on September 17.

If the reports are anything to go by, apart from the appointment of the new CM, the BJP will also be reshuffling the Gujarat cabinet. Five to six ministers are expected to be dropped.

Vijay Rupani resigns as Gujarat CM

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On Saturday, Mr. Rupani suddenly submitted his resignation to the Governor along with his Council of Ministers, paving the way for a long expected change of guard in the State. Rupani, who has completed five years in the post, headed to the Raj Bhavan shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Sardardham Bhavan in Ahmedabad. Addressing a press conference from the Raj Bhavan, the BJP leader confirmed that he has resigned from the top post, saying, “I express my gratitude to the Prime Minister for the opportunity I got in the development journey of Gujarat.”

The development comes ahead of the state Assembly polls that are scheduled to be held in December 2022. The leader has outlined that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the main face of the BJP for the Gujarat Assembly Elections. “Whatever responsibility I get from the party, I’m ready to fulfill it under the guidance of PM Modi and the party president,” he stated.

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