BJP President Amit Shah arrived in Ahmedabad on Thursday to announce the next Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Shah drove straight to his residence from the airport and was locked in a meeting with BJP Joint Secretary (organisation) V. Satish and General Secretary in charge of Gujarat Dinesh Sharma.
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Earlier on Wednesday, Anandiben Patel’s resignation from the position was accepted in the Parliamentary board meet held at PM Narendra Modi’s official residence in New Delhi.
“Anandiben Patel’s resignation has been accepted by BJP Parliamentary board. she will go to Raj Bhavan today and submit her resignation to the Governor,” said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.
Naidu further told that the legislature party (of the BJP in Gujarat) will meet on Thursday and choose the new Chief Minister. It was also declared that the new CM would be an MLA from Gujarat.
Earlier, when asked if speculations circling Amit Shah being the new CM were true, Naidu said, “no question of Amit Shah ji. Party wants him to lead us in national politics.” However, speculation still hasn’t ruled him out.
“If Shah succeeds Patel, it can be easily said later that he was the choice of the MLAs though the party needed him in Uttar Pradesh,” a senior leader said.
“Why otherwise are they delaying every decision by a day and leaving everything to the legislature party meeting all the way to Friday evening, which otherwise is generally a formality,” he wondered.
Health Minister Nitin Patel would most likely take the reins as Anandiben’s successor. Apart from the Health Minister, Speaker Ganpat Vasava, Finance Minister Saurabh Patel and Transport Minister Vijay Rupani are among the frontrunners in the CM race.
Patel hails from Mehsana where the Patidar agitation began and he has good equations with most of the leaders behind the agitation which only improve the prospects of his success.
Patel gained popularity in last two years as he worked as a second-in-command of Anandiben Patel.
He was elected to Gujarat Legislative Assembly from Mehsana in 2012.
Ending months of speculation, Gujarat’s first woman Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday offered to quit in keeping with the BJP’s “laudable tradition” of leaders vacating their posts as they turn 75.