Bhupendra Patel, a senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel's protege, will succeed Vijay Rupani as Gujarat's Chief Minister. While he was elected as the legislature party's leader after a meeting, it is claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah chose him.Anandiben Patel,
The former MLA from Ghatlodia, was a part of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority.Vijay Rupani surprisingly stepped down on Saturday, 15 months well before state elections, rumors circulated that his handling of the second wave of Covid and his way of working had irritated the Central leadership. "I have resigned as chief minister of Gujarat,"
Rupani said after meeting with Governor Acharya Devvrat and submitting his resignation letter.So far this year, he has been the fourth Chief Minister to be replaced in BJP-ruled states.Others who walked the same path includes BS Yediyurappa of Karnataka in July. Tirath Singh Rawat, who had replaced Trivendra Rawat in Uttarakhand, left after only four months.After the ouster of Anandiben Patel,
Mr Rupani was appointed in Gujarat in 2016 — 16 months before the elections.Patel defeated Congress candidate Shashikant Patel in the 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections from the Ghatlodia constituency.
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