Vijay Rupani, a confidante of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, will be the Gujarat chief minister for a second term, with the state BJP legislature party on Friday unanimously electing him as its leader.
The announcement was made by union minister Arun Jaitley, the party’s central observer, after a meeting of state BJP legislature party in Gandhinagar. “A proposal to elect Rupani as leader of state BJP legislature party and Patel as deputy leader of state legislature party has been adopted,” Jaitley told a press conference. Patel is the incumbent deputy chief minister.
Though the BJP retained power in the key western state for a record sixth straight term, there was speculation about Rupani’s continuance due to the party’s narrow victory over challenger Congress. The BJP won 99 seats in the 182-member assembly, the first time its tally slipped below hundred since 1995, while the Congress clocked its best in many years clinching 77.
|Chief Minister||Vijay Rupani||Rajkot West|
|Deputy Chief Minister||Nitin Patel||Mehsana|