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Surprise Candidate Bhupendra Patel Is New Chief Minister Of Gujarat

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Senior BJP chief Bhupendra Patel is the brand new Gujarat Chiwf Minister (FILE)

Senior BJP chief Bhupendra Patel — identified to be a protege of former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel — will succeed Vijay Rupani because the Chief Minister of Gujarat. While he was elected the chief of the legislature occasion after a gathering, it’s believed that the he was the selection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah.

Mr Rupani, who was current on the event, endorsed the brand new Chief Minister, saying the occasion will “successfully contest the polls” below his management. Elections in Gujarat are due subsequent yr.

Mr Patel, the MLA from Ghatlodia seat, held earlier by Anandiben Patel, appeared a shock candidate for the submit.

Ahead of at present’s legislature occasion assembly, the names of two Union Ministers from Gujarat — Mansukh Mandaviya and Parshottam Rupala — the controversial Lakshadweep administrator Praful Khoda Patel, and state agriculture minister RC Faldu wee doing the rounds.

Mr Patel was the a part of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority.

Vijay Rupani stepped down on Saturday — 15 months forward of the state elections — in a shock transfer amid whispers that his dealing with of the second wave of Covid and his type of functioning had upset the Central management.

But his substitute signifies that electoral arithmetic had a key function within the transfer. The Patidar group, one of many politically essential teams within the state, has been upset with the BJP and have been demanding {that a} member of the group be picked for the highest submit.

Mr Rupani was the fourth Chief Minister to get replaced within the BJP dominated states thus far this yr.

The checklist contains BS Yediyurappa in Karnataka who was changed in July. In Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat give up in July — barely 4 months after changing Trivendra Rawat.

In Gujarat, Mr Rupani was put in in 2016 – 16 months forward of elections – after the removing of Anandiben Patel.

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