Vijay Rupani stays as Gujarat CM, Nitin Patel his deputy….reports Asian Lite News
Vijay Rupani will continue as the Chief Minister of Gujarat and Nitin Patel as his deputy, the BJP announced after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley oversaw a meeting of the party’s newly-elected MLAs. The legislators unanimously elected Rupani as leader of the BJP’s legislature party, Jaitley told reporters. He said Patel was elected as deputy leader in the House.
Rupani, seen close to BJP President Amit Shah, won a second term as the Chief Minister after the BJP got 99 out of 182 seats in the Assembly elections.
Independent MLA Ratansinh Rathod from Lunawada has offered support to the BJP, bringing its number to 100 in the House.
There were other faces in the fray for the coveted post of the 17th Chief Minister like union ministers representing Gujarat at the Centre. But those were not considered looking at the ongoing works and the 2019 general elections, party insiders said.
A source said that Rupani is an acceptable face of the party and under his leadership the BJP has done well, especially in his home district constituencies.
The swearing-in ceremony is likely to be held on Christmas Day, on the Sabarmati Riverfront.
On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary of Gujarat, J.N. Singh visited the place and also other possible venue like the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad and the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.
Born on August 2, 1956 in Rangoon, (now in Myanmar), Rupani became active in politics through his debut as Rajkot Mayor in 1987. He has been associated with the Jan Sangh and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and with the BJP since its inception. He took the lead in Saurashtra in the JP campaign. Rupani was also jailed during the Emergency.