After Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani resigned on September 11, the Union Ministry announced Bhupendra Patel as the new position holder a day after on September 12. Patel is a first-time member of the legislative assembly from Ghatlodiya seat succeeding erstwhile chief minister Anandiben Patel.
Today, at Gandhinagar, after an official meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party, the union minister Narendra Singh Tomar announced Patel’s name for the vacant post. Rupani added after the announcement that, “Bhupendra Patel is capable. We believe BJP will win the upcoming elections in the state under his leadership.”
On September 11, Rupani gave his letter of resignation including letters of his council of ministers to the Governor Acharya Devvrat. This decision by the then elected Chief Minister changed the topography of the 15 months long poll results.
Patel was the first-time MLA who clinched the Ghatlodiya constituency in the year 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections, preceding INC’s Shashikant Patel with a ascertained margin of 17,000 voters. This was one of the largest voting poll for Gujarat constituency in the particular election.
According to the Moneycontrol sources, “Patel, a surprise pick, is Delhi leadership’s choice, according to the sources. He is a Patidar, a community that is going to play a significant role in next year’s assembly polls. Patel’s proximity with Gujarat business fraternity also worked to his favour.”