The BJP leadership has put all speculations to rest by announcing that Vijay Rupani will continue to function as the state’s chief minister with Nitin Patel as his deputy.
It was after Rupani was elected the leader of the BJP legislature party in Gujarat on Friday. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Rupani will be the state’s chief minister for a second term.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel will continue to be the second in command, after he was declared the deputy leader of the legislature party by Jaitley, the central observer appointed by the BJP leadership for the election.
Rupani took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party’s top leadership for the decision.
He wrote, “My sincere gratitude to Honourable PM Shri @narendramodi Ji & BJP President Shri @AmitShah Ji for reposing trust & confidence in a humble Karyakarta like me. I also thank @BJP4Gujarat legislative party for sustaining trust.”
My sincere gratitude to Honourable PM Shri @narendramodi Ji & BJP President Shri @AmitShah Ji for reposing trust & confidence in a humble Karyakarta like me. I also thank @BJP4Gujarat legislative party for sustaining trust.
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) December 22, 2017
Rupani was made the chief minister midway through the term of Anandiben Patel after the latter began to face barrage of criticism related to her daughter’s financial dealings and the Patidar agitation that led to the death of 14 Patels in police firing.
The BJP had registered a sixth straight Assembly poll win in the key western state on December 18, winning 99 seats in the 182-member House.
Though the Congress performed its best in many years, winning 77 seats, it could not unseat the BJP.