Senior BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda, have congratulated Bhupendra Patel on his election as the BJP legislative party leader in Gujarat, paving the way for him to become the state’s next chief minister.
Before he became a legislator from the Ghatlodia seat in 2017, which earlier was held by former CM and now Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, “Bhupendrabhai” held the important positions of chairman of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority, and chairman of various committees of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, including its top decision-making Standing Committee. Yet he always remained a low profile party worker who preferred to work silently.
Bhupendra Patel, who has been chosen by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the next Gujarat chief minister to replace Vijay Rupani, said he would take the development journey of the state forward.
In his first media address after being nominated by the party as the new chief minister, Patel also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other senior BJP leaders.
The party’s CM choice came as a surprise for many as the low-profile, first-time legislator was not seen to be among the top contenders for the post. Only Patel will take the oath on Monday and a decision regarding the new Gujarat cabinet will be taken later, it is said.