The suspense which was piling up from the last couple of days finally came to an end when Senior BJP Leader and Union Finance Minister declared that Vijay Rupani will continue as Chief Minister of Gujarat and Nitin Patel will be his deputy for the coming term.
“There’s a procedure of consultation in the party. I asked members if there were any alternatives they wanted to name. Since there were none, the two (Rupani and Patel) were declared as unanimously elected,” briefed Arun Jaitley
“We will inform you all about the swearing-in soon,” he added.
Vijay Rupani contested the Rajkot West constituency and despite trailing in the early trends he went on to register a comfortable victory in the constituency. He won with a big margin of 25000 votes. He first swore in as the CM of Gujarat on 7th August 2016, following the resignation of then CM Anandiben Patel.
Vijay Rupani in the short term as CM had a clean image and that is the reason why there was no hesitation on his name. Vijay Rupani is close to the party President Amit Shah and also he is caste-neutral.
The party lost badly in Saurashtra and after that many thought that BJP will not continue with Vijay Rupani as CM. Many people had started speculating Union Minister Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya as the probable names for the post of Chief Minister as both of them are prominent Patel leaders.