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Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated Bhupendra Patel for being elected as Gujarat’s next Chief Minister. He said in a tweet, “Hearty congratulations and best wishes on being elected the leader of the legislature party.”
He further said that the state will benefit from his guidance and leadership. He added, “Under your guidance and leadership, the state's continuous development journey will get new energy and momentum and Gujarat will continue to be a leader in good governance and public welfare.”
श्री @Bhupendrapbjp जी को @BJP4Gujarat विधायक दल का नेता चुने जाने पर हार्दिक बधाई व शुभकामनाएं।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 12, 2021
मुझे विश्वास है कि @narendramodi जी के मार्गदर्शन व आपके नेतृत्व में प्रदेश की अनवरत विकास यात्रा को नई ऊर्जा व गति मिलेगी और गुजरात सुशासन व जनकल्याण में निरंतर अग्रणी बना रहेगा।
Bhupendra Patel is a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Gujarat's Ghatlodia constituency and was chosen as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat on Sunday. The news was announced by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and the new Gujarat CM was also announced by the BJP during its core committee meeting held at Kamalam.
Tomar said after the party’s legislative meeting, "Bhupendra Patel elected as the new leader of BJP Legislative Party. Bhupendra Patel will be sworn-in as Gujarat CM soon.”
Earlier on Saturday, Gujarat’s previous Chief Minister Vijay Rupani handed over his resignation. Ghatlodiya MLA Bhupendra Patel was a strong candidate to replace him as he had won his seat by a margin of 117,000 votes in 2017, which was the largest victory in the assembly elections.
The next assembly polls in the state of Gujarat are scheduled to be held in 2022. Rupani was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on August 7, 2016. He is the MLA of Gujarat's Rajkot West district. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state's 182 Assembly seats, while Congress got 77 seats.
Rupani is not the only BJP chief minister to be replaced this year as Karnataka and Uttarakhand Chief Ministers also endured a similar fate. After submitting his resignation, Rupani spoke to the reporters and said that there was a constant shift of responsibilities in the party from time to time, which he respects.
He said, "I was allowed to serve the state for five years. I have contributed to the development of the state. I will further do whatever is asked by my party. In BJP, there has been a tradition that responsibilities of party workers change from time to time. I will be ready to take whatever responsibility that the party will give me in the future."