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Bhupendra Patel to be Gujarat’s new chief minister

Patel had won the Ghatlodia seat with a margin of over 1,17,000 votes against Shashikant Patel of the Congress party.

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Ahmedabad: Ghatlodia MLA Bhupendra Patel was unanimously elected by BJP MLAs to be the next chief minister of Gujarat on Sunday, a day after Vijay Rupani quit the post in a surprise move.

Union Minister N.S. Tomar, who was one of the observers appointed by the BJP for the process of selection, made the announcement. He said Patel’s name was proposed by Rupani, who insisted on being the proposer for the new chief minister.

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Patel had won the Ghatlodia seat with a margin of over 1,17,000 votes against Shashikant Patel of the Congress party. The seat was earlier held by former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel who resigned and was later appointed as a governor.

In a surprise move, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani resigned on Saturday as Chief Minister of the state leaving people guessing for his successor.

Rupani, 65, represents the Rajkot West assembly constituency. He had taken over as Chief Minister of Gujarat in August 2016 when Anandiben Patel had quit the office in the wake of agitation by Patidar community leader Hardik Patel.

Rupani’s resignation by default means the resignation of the state cabinet. Meetings were held in Ahmedabad on Saturday and Sunday by top leaders of the party and a meeting of the core group of the party was held before the meeting of the MLAs.

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