CM designate Vijay Rupani meets Gujarat guv to stake claim for new govt

  • PTI, Gandhinagar
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2016 15:08 IST
Gujarat chief minister designate Vijay Rupani with his deputy Nitin Patel during a legislative meeting in Gandhinagar. (Ajit Slonaki/HT Photo)

Chief minister designate Vijay Rupani met Gujarat governor OP Kohli on Saturday to stake claim to form the new government, a day after he was elected by BJP MLAs as their leader.

After the meeting, BJP state in-charge Dinesh Sharma announced that Rupani will take oath on Sunday at 12.40pm.

Rupani, Sharma, deputy chief minister designate Nitin Patel, and other state leaders met the governor. However, incumbent chief minister Anandiben Patel was absent.

“We have told the governor that the BJP Legislature has endorsed the names of Vijay Rupani as new chief minister and Nitin Patel as deputy chief minister,” Sharma said after the meeting.

“The governor has given his go ahead for the oath taking ceremony.

Sharma, however, evaded a direct reply to a question on why Anandiben was absent when party leaders went to stake claim, and only said, “She was present when she resigned. Today those who have been chosen are present.”

The party also did not gave a clear indication on who all shall be taking oath with Rupani and Patel, saying all those details are being worked out.

In a dramatic turnaround the BJP central leadership decided on the name of Rupani on Friday to replace Anandiben as the chief minister of the state, instead of Nitin Patel who was front-runner for the post till the last moment.

The legislature party meeting was delayed by about two hours due to jostling between the groups of party chief Amit Shah and Anandiben Patel.

Anandiben had insisted that her confidante Nitin Patel should be made the chief minister of the state, while Shah had firmly wanted his nominee Rupani to be on the top post.

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