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In a surprise move, Bhupendrabhai Patel was elected as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat on Sunday. This important decision was taken at a meeting of BJP leaders in Gandhinagar, in which Patel was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party. Patel won the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections from the Ghatlodia constituency, defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel by over one lakh votes, the largest margin of victory in the 2017 Gujarat elections.
After the announcement, Patel told reporters that he was grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief JP Nadda and Union Minister Amit Shah for their confidence in him. He said that he is also grateful for the trust reposed in him by the Gujarat leadership, including former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, CR Patil and other leaders. He said that former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s blessings are always with him.
The new chief minister said, “The government has done a good job so that development reaches every last person. We will make a new plan and hold talks with the organization to take the development work forward.”
Patel will replace Vijay Rupani, who resigned from his post on Saturday, in a surprise announcement nearly a year before the elections in the state. He met Governor Acharya Devvarat at Raj Bhavan late on Sunday night and staked claim to form the government. Patel will take oath on Monday. The event will start at 2.20 pm.
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The BJP had appointed Union Minister Narinder Singh Tomar and Prahlad Joshi as Central Observers for the Legislature Party meeting to elect a new Chief Minister. Tomar met state BJP president CR Patil on Sunday morning.
“Bhupendra Patel has been elected as the new leader of the BJP legislature party. He will soon be sworn in as the chief minister of Gujarat,” Union Minister and BJP’s Gujarat in-charge Tomar said after the party’s assembly meeting.
Rupani (65), the fourth chief minister to step down in BJP-ruled states during the coronavirus pandemic, was sworn in as chief minister in December 2017 – his second term as chief minister. He became the Chief Minister for the first time on August 7, 2016. , continued in office following the resignation of incumbent Anandiben Patel, and the BJP’s victory in the 2017 assembly elections.
Rupani said that Bhupendra Patel is ‘capable’ and vouched for BJP’s victory in the upcoming assembly elections.
He said, “Bhupendra Patel is capable. We are confident that the BJP will win the upcoming elections in the state under his leadership.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated Bhupendrabhai Patel and hoped that this decision would give new energy and momentum to the state’s development journey.
Nitin Patel missed the bus again?
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who once again missed the bus, said he had seen many ups and downs, and insisted that no one can “throw him out” as he lives in people’s hearts. is Addressing the crowd at a function in Mehsana town on Sunday evening, Patel also said lightly that he was not the only one who did not leave the bus as there were “others” like him.
There were speculations that Vijay Rupani was unhappy after Bhupendra Patel was chosen as the next Chief Minister at a meeting of BJP MLAs at the party headquarters ‘Kamalam’ in Gandhinagar on Sunday, a day after he resigned from the top post. Earlier, Nitin Patel, who represented Mehsana assembly constituency, was seen as one of the leading contenders for the post. However, Patel said there is no substance in such claims.
A look at Bhupendrabhai Patel’s profile
- He is a first-time MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, which was earlier held by Anandiben Patel.
- Affectionately called ‘Dada’ by many (Rupani is called ‘Bhai’), Patel is considered close to Anandiben Patel, former Chief Minister of Gujarat and current Governor of Uttar Pradesh. His assembly constituency Gandhinagar is part of the Lok Sabha seat represented by Union Minister Amit Shah.
- Earlier Bhupendrabhai Patel was Municipal Councilor in Ahmedabad. He has served as Chairman of Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) and headed the Standing Committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
- He has a Diploma in Civil Engineering.
- According to a political observer, Bhupendra Patel’s name was not in the long list of candidates mooted in the state’s political circles and in a way emerged as a dark horse to become a first-time MLA.
- He belongs to the influential Patel community.
- Patel has never held a ministerial post, unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was never a minister when he became the chief minister of Gujarat 20 years ago. Modi took oath as the Chief Minister on 7 October 2001 and became an MLA on 24 February 2002 after winning the Rajkot seat by-election.
- A soft-spoken leader, Patel has made a remarkable rise in state politics, starting at the municipality level. He contested his first assembly election in 2017 and won the Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad by over 1.17 lakh votes, the highest margin of victory in the state during that election.
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