BJP President Vijay Rupani will be new Chief Minister in place of Anandiben Patel. The oath taking ceremony will take place on Sunday, 7 August, 2016. Nitin Patel, Cabinet minister Parshottam Rupala and state minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama were in CM race but Vijay Rupani grabbed this post finally. For the past few hours, the name of Nitin Patel was almost confirmed but now he will be deputy CM. Anandiben Patel had resigned from the post a few days ago in the wake of growing protests by the Dalit community after the flogging of a family by cow vigilante groups for skinning a cow. Vijay had earlier bowed out of the race for CM. After his name as Anandiben’s likely successor was doing the rounds, Rupani had said that his “priority” is “organisation work”.
Rupani, who belongs to the Jain Baniya community is a first-time MLA of the BJP from Rajkot West constituency and also the state water resources minister.
Vijay Rupani’s Background
- Vijay Rupani (born 2 August 1956) is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party.
- He was a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly representing Rajkot West.
- Presently Vijay Rupani is the state president of the party.
- Vijay Rupani started his career as student activist.
- He was associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
- Vijay joined Jan Sangh in 1971 has been associated with Bharatiya Janta Party since its establishment.
A lack of consensus among party legislators over Nitin Patel’s candidature led to a last minute decision of choosing Rupani, which was made public by union minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP national president Amit Shah after the meeting. This was the first time the BJP, faced with a string of protests by the Patel community, or Patidars, and Dalits, selected a deputy chief minister in the state. Like most BJP leaders, Rupani has had his roots in the RSS and the ABVP, the students’ wing of the BJP as mentioned in his background above.