New Delhi: Bhupendra Patel, BJP MLA for the Ghatlodiya constituency, has been named the new Gujarat Chief Minister, day after Vijay Rupani stepped down from the post. The BJP legislature party that met on Sunday afternoon decided on Patel, who is considered a protege of UP Governor Anandiben Patel.
Bhupendra Patel won his seat by a margin of 1,17,000 votes against Shashikant Patel in 2017, which was the largest margin in that poll. The Ghatlodiya constituency was earlier held by Anandiben Patel.
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BJP again picked a surprise choice as it had done in Karnataka and Uttarakhand, where the party named Basavraj Bommai and Pushkar Dhami over senior leaders.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to reach out to its core vote bank in Patel community by deciding to nominate a Patidar leader in Bhupendra Patel as chief minister. His name was proposed by outgoing CM Vijay Rupani.
Union Minister and BJP’s central observer for Gujarat, Narendra Singh Tomar and party’s National General Secretary, Tarun Chugh reached Gandhinagar on Sunday along with Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi, BJP’s general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh and Union Cabinet Minister for Environment Bhupendra Yadav for the legislature party meet.
Vijay Rupani, who stepped down from the post on Saturday, had said he will continue to serve the party under the national leadership.