The Parliamentary board on Wednesday accepted Anandiben Patel’s resignation as Gujarat Chief Minister.
The news was broken by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.
While interacting with the media, Naidu said ” 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.”
The resignation was accepted in the Parliamentary board meet held at at 7, Race Course Road, PM Narendra Modi’s official residence in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Naidu further told that Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pandey have been appointed as the observers, they will go to Gujarat and hold meetings then only the party will take final call on the name of next Chief Minister of Gujarat.
“The legislature party (of the BJP in Gujarat) will meet tomorrow and choose the new Chief Minister. The person will be from Gujarat and will be an MLA,” he said, in response to a query on whether a national level leader could get the post.
Ending rumours of Amit Shah taking over as the state head, Naidu said “no question of Amit Shah ji. Party wants him to lead us in national politics.”
Under Patel, the saffron party had suffered a humiliated setback in civic polls. The BJP also antagonised its loyal vote bank of Patidars who have been demanding OBC quota and staged violent protests last year.
Off late, the flogging of Dalits at Una also caused a massive unrest, denting further the party’s image.
Anandiben on Tuesday took to Facebook to request the BJP leadership to relieve her of the job, saying it was time for new leaders to take over as she is soon turning 75.