Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that it was time for someone else to lead the development journey of Gujarat under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Reacting to media after his resignation, Rupani said, “I’m grateful to the honourable prime minister for giving me an opportunity to be a part of Gujarat’s development journey in the last five years. I believe that this journey of development should go ahead under a new leadership guided by the prime minister.”
The outgoing Gujarat chief minister said that the BJP was an ideology-oriented party adding that it was a common practice for the party to entrust different responsibilities to its leaders with the passage of time.
There are speculations that Rupani’s deputy Nitin Patel could well be elevated to succeed him until the next assembly polls, scheduled for 2022.
Rupani had stunned everyone by resigning from his post on Saturday.
Before his resignation, three more BJP chief ministers including BS Yediyurappa in Karnataka, Tirath Singh Rawat and Trivendra Rawat in Uttarakhand were forced to resign from their posts by the BJP leadership.