BJP declares Vijay Rupani as Chief Minister of Gujarat again

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The continuance of Rupani as chief minister was expected, but in some quarters there were talks of a possible change of leadership keeping in mind the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation on Saturday met Gujarat Governor OP Kohli here and staked claim to form a government in the state, a day after the party brass chose Vijay Rupani to be the next chief minister.

On Friday, incumbent chief minister Vijay Rupani was elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party in Gujarat.

After the meeting, Jaitley said there is consensus on the names of the two leaders.

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The election of Rupani and Patel for a second term was a quiet affair, unlike last year when the 61-year-old Saurashtra leader had surprised many as Patel's name had been doing the rounds for the top post.

Talking to media, Mr Jaitley said that Mr. Rupani was unanimously elected as the BJP legislature party leader while Mr Patel was selected as deputy leader of the legislature by all the elected MLAs. He said his Government will continue to take forward the BJP philosophy of Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas. Patel, who belongs to North Gujarat region, won from Mehsana with over 7,000 votes lead.

Ahead of Rupani's election as chief minister, the BJP, which won 99 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, received a psychological boost when Independent MLA Ratansinh Rathod declared "unconditional support" to the party and ensured that the BJP reached the three-figure mark. The Congress instead fielded Paranjayadityasinhji Parmar as its candidate who lost. "We also submitted a letter to the Governor, seeking his time to be present for the swearing-in ceremony of the new government which will be held on December 26 at 11 am on Sachivalay grounds at Gandhinagar", Vaghani told mediapersons after meeting the Governor.

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