On Friday, the BJP announced Anandiben Patel’s successor in Vijay Rupani, who the saffron party feels will be able to face next year’s assembly elections successfully.
But, more than Rupani’s choice as opposed to Nitin Patel, it’s what the new Gujarat chief minister has said now assume more significance.
The first comments made by Rupani will no doubt cause embarrassment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
That’s because his comments have sharply contradicted Modi’s claims that Gujarat was a model state.
Rupani, according to PTI, said that he will “try to make Gujarat a model state for the entire country”, after his name was announced as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat replacing Anandiben Patel.
“We will take forward the slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ given by Narendrabhai Modi and together fight the coming 2017 elections. We will try to make Gujarat a model state for the entire country through the politics of development, the pace of which has been set by Narendra Modi and Anandiben Patel,” he said.
Rupani promising to ‘try to’ make Gujarat a model state is in a way inadvertent admission that the state was never a model to be replicated elsewhere in the country as claimed by Modi during his election speeches over the last two years.