Shock in Gujarat: CM resigns, new CM to be elected on Sunday

Sat Sep 11 2021 16:37:04 GMT+0530 (IST)

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani became the four BjP chief minister to resign this year. He has announced the resignation of his cabinet and the council of ministers on Saturday. The BJP legislature party would meet on Sunday to chose the next chief minister.

In a press conference organised on Saturday, Rupani announced his resignation and said he would continue to work under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a loyal soldier of the party. He has total obedience to the

The first BjP CM to resign was Trivendra Singh Rawat of poll-bound Uttarakhand. He was replaced by Tirath Singh Rawat, who barely lasted four months.  Karnataka CM Yediyurappa too had to resign to make way for Basavaraj Patil. Rupani's resignation was unexpected and he gave no inkling of his plans to resign. Sources say that the BJP may opt for a leader form the Patel community. Most probably deputy CM Nitin Patel could be made the new chief minister. Though Mansukh Mandaviya's name is doing the rounds, he is in the key health ministry and Modi may not send him to Gujarat especially amid fears of a third wave.

The CM change has come at a time there are barely 12 months for the assembly elections. Gujarat is one state that has been under the BJP rule since 1998. Sources say the BJP wants to go to the polls with a new leader at the helm of affairs. The party wants to beat the anti-incumbency.  The BjP was unhappy that Vijay Rupani's indecisiveness and that the possibility of his resignation was in the making for the past several months.