New Delhi: Following Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s resignation, senior BJP leader Vajubhai Vala stated that a decision on a new CM would be made following a meeting of the party’s MLAs.
Rupani’s resignation, according to the former Governor of Karnakata, did not surprise him. He stated to ANI, “The resignation of the Chief Minister came as no surprise because the party’s members meet on a regular basis and their roles are assigned based on the needs of the party. There was no particular reason for Anandiben Patel’s resignation.”
When asked about the next CM face for Gujarat, Vala stated that the BJP has yet to make a decision. “No name has been chosen as of yet. The new Chief Minister will be appointed following the meeting of MLAs. That is parliamentary procedure, and the party will adhere to it,” he added.
When asked about the reason for Rupani’s resignation, Vala stated, “Whatever the party decides, every worker must comply. Vijay Rupani served as Chief Minister for approximately 2000 days, and neither the public nor party workers had any complaints against him. Whatever the party decides, we will follow. He had spent his entire life working for the party.”
His remarks come after Rupani met with Governor Acharya Devvrat earlier today and submitted his resignation from the post of Gujarat Chief Minister, one year before the state’s Assembly elections. “I have decided to resign as Chief Minister in order to further develop the state with new energy and power,” he told reporters.
Rupani is the BJP’s fourth chief minister to be replaced in the last six months. Previously, the CMs of Uttarakhand and Karnataka were replaced.
Meanwhile, PTI reports that Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, state agriculture minister R C Faldu, and Union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya are being considered as Rupani’s successors. “The names Patel, Faldu, Rupala, and Mandaviya are being considered. However, it is impossible to predict who will be the chief minister because the decision will be made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a BJP leader quoted by PTI.
(With agency inputs)