Health Minister Nitin Patel is all set to take charge to succeed Anandiben Patel as Gujarat chief minister. However, it is yet to be officially announced.
BJP’s parliamentary board accepted Anandiben Patel’s offer to resign on Wednesday at its meeting in Delhi, paving the way for appointment of a new Chief Minister to lead the party in
2017 Assembly polls.
A meeting of party MLAs and office-bearers will be held on Friday evening at the BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar where the next CM would be announced, said state BJP president Vijay Rupani, who is also the state transport minister.
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“Apart from Amit Shah, all the party MLAs, office bearers and our observers Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pandey will remain present at the meeting,” said Rupani, after holding a long discussion with Shah at latter’s residence.
Shah, who arrived in the morning, has been busy holding meetings with state BJP leaders and ministers at his house.
When asked by reporters whether he would accept the post of CM, Patel evaded a direct answer but said, “Whoever is chosen by the party, we all will work together.”
Dinesh Sharma, who arrived yesterday, engaged in hectic parleys with BJP leaders and ministers. It is believed that he apprised Shah of his observations on Friday.
The names that are doing the rounds for the post are ‘number two’ in the cabinet Nitin Patel, Union Minister Purshottam Rupala and Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava, a tribal leader.