Ahead of very crucial assembly polls in 12 months, Vijay Rupani on Saturday shocked the state political circles by resigning as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Vijay Rupani submitted his resignation to governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhavan accompanied by deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama among other colleagues.
The resignation came close on the heels of speculations that the high command is contemplating on changing the CM anytime soon. Speculations are also strong that the party will replace Rupani, 65, with a leader from the Patidar to appease the community which has been demanding the post of the chief minister.
Names of present BJP state president C.R Patil, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya are reportedly under consideration. While the 65-year-old politician didn’t specify the reason for his resignation, political circles are rife with speculations that the high command is not so confident of facing the next elections in Gujarat under his leadership.
It all started with BJP senior leader and Gujarat in-charge Bhupender Yadav and party’s general secretary (Organisation) BL Santhosh’s review on party situation in the state. Reports have it that Rupani who succeeded Anandiben Patel hasn’t been dynamic enough in his 15 months ruling which reportedly would affect the party’s morale in the upcoming assembly polls.
Mr Rupani’s resignation leaves the ruling BJP with three options – appoint a successor, allow the state to come under President’s Rule, or have an early election. The Chief Minister of the Prime Minister’s home state submitted his resignation to governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhavan.