Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Prahlad Joshi landed in Gujarat on Sunday as the BJP’s central observers. The duo will participate in a meeting of the BJP legislature party at 3 pm at the state headquarters for the selection of the new chief minister following the resignation of Vijay Rupani.
Notably, Rupani resigned on Saturday ahead of the elections due next year without citing clear reasons behind his decision. Assembly elections for 182 seats are due in Gujarat in December 2022. ” We have come here to hold further discussions. We will hold discussions with the state president and other leaders,” Narendra Singh Tomar said after reaching Ahmedabad.
BJP’s general secretary (organisation) BL Santosh and Gujarat state unit in-charge Bhupender Yadav met party functionaries soon after Rupani announced his resignation. While several names are doing the rounds for the next chief minister, the saffron party is yet to officially announce the next chief minister who will be at the helm of affairs for almost 15-month tenure.
Possible replacements Gujarat
Mansukh Mandaviya, sworn in as the Union Health Minister in July, and Nitin Patel, who was Rupani’s deputy, are possible replacements. Both Mandaviya and Patel have reached the party office in the capital Gandhinagar. Another possibility is Praful Khoda Patel, who is currently the Administrator for the union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Lakshadweep. In case the new chief minister is announced on Sunday, the swearing-in ceremony could take place on Monday.
CR Patil says “not in the race”
Gujarat BJP president CR Patil, whose name was doing the rounds as a probable CM candidate, has clarified that he is not in the race for the CM’s position. In a video message on Saturday, CR Patil said, “Vijay Rupani has resigned from his post today. Naturally, there are a lot of names in the media for the new Chief Minister, including mine. I want to make it clear through this video that I am not in any such race.”
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