Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani resigned from his post today, on 11 September. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has submitted his resignation letter to Governor Acharya Devvrat at the Raj Bhawan.
Addressing the press following his unprecedented exit from the top post, Rupani said his resignation was in accordance with the “BJP’s tradition” of providing all party workers equal opportunities.
“I am ready to serve in whichever the role the party assigns to me,” Rupani said, adding that he is committed to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On being asked under whose leadership the assembly elections would be contested by the BJP next year, Rupani said the party was guided by the central leadership of Modi.
Rupani’s resignation drew questions from the opposition, with Gujarat Congress working president Hardik Patel claiming that it reflected the BJP’s lack of confidence in their own chief minister.
“If the BJP is claiming that their government has performed well over the past four years, what was the need for an overnight change in leadership,” Patel said while speaking to a news channel.
Neither Rupani nor the BJP has so far not revealed who his successor would be. Till the appointment of a full-time chief minister, Deputy CM Nitin Patel would be leading the government.
Rupani, 65, was appointed as the chief minister in August 2016, after the then CM Anandiben Patel decided to step down citing her age which had crossed 75.
With Rupani as the chief minister, the BJP had registered a victory in the 2017 assembly elections, despite the agitation over the Patidar quota row.
In the past month, the state unit of BJP had organised a programme to mark the completion of his five years as the chief minister.
Notably, Gujarat, a citadel of the BJP, witnessed the chief ministership of Narendra Modi for a 13-year period between 2001 to 2014. The state has remained under the saffron party’s rule since 1998.
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