Senior BJP leader Bhupendra Patel was on Sunday elected the new Gujarat chief minister, replacing Vijay Rupani, who abruptly resigned on Saturday. The MLA from Ahmedabad’s Ghatlodia, Patel was earlier Chairman of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority.
Rupani, who on Saturday tendered his resignation, sought to dispel speculations about the reasons.
“I am a loyal soldier of the BJP and have resigned of my own accord. Nobody has asked me to do so. I will work to strengthen the organisation or whatever role the party leadership assigns me,” he told the reporters after tendering the resignation to Governor Acharya Devvrat.
The names of several leaders were doing rounds for the next chief minister of Gujarat. Some of the prominent names included Praful Patel, Gordhan Zadaphia, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Parshottam Rupala, and state BJP chief CR Patil.
Rupani took the state’s Chief Ministerial position on August 7, 2016, and represents Rajkot (West) in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. The saffron party held a nine-day state-wide event in Gujarat, just last month celebrating five years of Rupani in office.
Assembly elections in the state are due by late 2022.