With Anandiben Patel resigning As Gujarat Chief Minister, talks are already on about who will be her successor.
Among the frontrunners for the CM race include Health Minister Nitin Patel, Speaker Ganpat Vasava, Finance Minister Saurabh Patel and Transport Minister Vijay Rupani.
However, Nitin Patel seems to lead the race post as he hails from Mehsana where the Patidar agitation began and because he has good equations with most of the leaders behind the agitation.
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.