Nitin Patel most likely to succeed Anandiben as Gujarat CM

Posted August 07, 2016

60-year-old Rupani today met Governor O P Kohli and staked claim to form the government, a day after he was elected by BJP legislators to succeed Anandiben Patel, with the central leadership playing a vital role in the choice.

It's a huge announcement which comes from the Gujrat, Where Vijay Rupani to be a new chief minister of Gujarat state additionally, Nitin Patel will be the deputy chief minister.

Patel, the first woman chief minister of Gujarat offered to quit keeping in mind the BJP's tradition of leaders vacating their post as they turn 75.

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He, however, evaded a direct reply to a question on Anandiben's absence, saying, "She was present when she resigned". Patel had become emotional since her resignation and also broke down during informal meetings with journalists.

Anandiben was pushing for Nitin Patel, refusing to listen to any argument against him. This tilted speculation in favour of Nitin Patel. Interestingly, Ms Patel was conspicuous by her absence when BJP leaders, including Mr Rupani and Mr Patel, had gone to meet the governor. He (Amit Shah) is party's national president and under his leadership the party has reached great heights.

Yesterday, in a crucial meeting attended by Amit Shah and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari at the party headquarters in the state, the decision to make Rupani as the next Chief Minister was announced. Health Minister and government spokesperson Nitin Patel is a grassroots rustic Patel leader.

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He vowed to continue his agitation for quota in the state.

Party sources, however, insisted that GST Bill is not the reason for these meetings as it is essentially a matter between the Centre and states and that organisational matters will be on top of Shah's agenda.

Rupani, who holds an LLB degree, is not only close to Modi and Amit Shah but also believed to have maintained the right links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh since he started is career from the Sangh's student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

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Anandiben announced her early retirement as she wanted a new person to get time before the upcoming Gujarat election in 2018.