Gandhinagar | Jagran Politics Desk: Following the sudden resignation of Vijay Rupani and his entire cabinet, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday afternoon elected Bhupendra Patel, its MLA from Ghatlodia, as its Legislative Party, allowing him to become the next Chief Minister Gujarat. The swearing-in of Patel, who is known to be a protege of former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, will take place on Monday.
The announcement was made by Union Agricultural Minister and senior BJP leader Narendra Singh Tomar after Patel, 55, was unanimously elected BJP legislature party leader on Sunday.
This comes a day after Vijay Rupani and his entire cabinet resigned from their position barely 15 months before the assembly elections in Gujarat. Though Rupani did not reveal the reason behind his sudden resignation, he said that "one in BJP needs to hand over the baton to the other" at the right time.
"To further develop the state, with new energy and power, I have decided to resign as Chief Minister," Rupani was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. "I have decided to resign because the development journey of Gujarat should continue under Prime Minister Narendra Nodi's guidance and new leadership. BJP is an ideology-driven party and the roles of workers keep changing there".
Rupani is the fourth BJP Chief Minister -- BS Yediyurappa, Trivendra Singh Rawat and Tirath Singh Rawat -- leaving office since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Political watchers, as reported by news agency PTI, believe that the "changes highlight the BJP leadership's analysis of the ground feedback and its readiness to address them, even though a final word on the shake-up can only be delivered at the elections".
Rupani, who completed five years in office on August 7 this year, first became the chief minister on August 7, 2016, following the resignation of incumbent Anandiben Patel, and continued in the office after the BJP's victory in the 2017 Assembly elections.
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