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Bhupendra Patel Named Gujarat CM After Vijay Rupani Resigns

Mumbai: Bhupendra Patel has been named Gujarat Chief Minister, a day after 65-year-old Vijay Rupani resigned from the post.

This came after state BJP legislators, top party leaders and Union Ministers met at the BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar on Sunday to choose Rupani’s successor.

He will be sworn-in as the 17th CM of Gujarat soon, confirmed Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

Patel is a BJP MLA from Gujarat’s Ghatlodia assembly constituency and has served as the chairman of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee in the past.

Reacting to his election, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy congratulated Patel and said the BJP’s return to power in Gujarat is certain in next year’s elections.

“It is very good that Bhupendra Patel has been chosen to be the new Gujarat CM. Now BJP coming back to power in Gujarat is certain,” he tweeted.

The announcement of the new CM comes a day after Vijay Rupani resigned from the post.

Rupani took over as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on 7 August 2016. He currently represents Rajkot West of Gujarat as an MLA. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 assembly seats, with the Congress winning 77.

Assembly polls in the state are scheduled to take place in 2022.

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