Shah to meet CMs of BJP ruled states on Aug 27

BJP central leadership on Friday made a decision to chose Mr Rupani, considered as Amit Shah's loyalist, to succeed Ms Anandiben Patel instead of Mr Nitin Patel, who was the front-runner till the last moment.

The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel, on Monday, offered to resign via social media platform Facebook. She had wished to be relieved of her responsibility as she would turn 75 soon.

After long arguments, Anandiben was told that Nitin Patel is not on good terms with the Patidars and, hence, can not guarantee a win in the Gujarat 2017 Assembly elections.

Parrying a query on likely contenders for CM's post, Sharma said, "A party worker will be chosen as next chief minister". Former CM Anandiben Patel is also seen. What apparently weighed in his favour among other things is his closeness to BJP chief Amit Shah.

BJP President Amit Shah today stamped on the name of Vijay Rupani to take over Anandiben Patel as the next CM of Gujarat.

In the meantime, Health Minister and a leader for the pined for post-Nitin Patel has said that whoever will be picked at Friday's meeting, he alongside all MLAs will bolster him wholeheartedly.

Party sources, however, insisted that GST Bill is not the reason for these meetings as it is essentially a matter between the Centre and states and that organisational matters will be on top of Shah's agenda.

Aug 5 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has moved to shore up support in his home state of Gujarat by choosing as its next chief minister a representative of a powerful clan that staged widespread protests a year ago.

BJP President Amit Shah, who flew in to Ahmedabad on Thursday morning, held a marathon meeting with national secretary (organization) V. Satish and general secretary in-charge of Gujarat affairs Dinesh Sharma at his residence.

Her government was criticised for its handling of the outrage created by the public flogging of four Dalit men by self-styled cow protection groups.

Rupani, has a LLB degree and is a long time Sangh loyalists.

  • Joey Payne