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  • Vijay Rupani as Gujarat's 16th chief minister
     Vijay Rupani as Gujarat's 16th chief minister editor editor on Friday, August 5, 2016 reviews [0]
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced Vijay Rupani as Gujarat's 16th chief minister to succeed Anandiben Patel and Nitin Patel as the state's deputy chief minister.
    With Anandiben Patel resigning from her post as Gujarat chief minister, talks are already on about who will be her successor. The frontrunner is Vijay Rupani, who belongs to the Jain community and hails from Rajkot. Incidentally, Rajkot is the heartland of Saurashtra and the stronghold of Patels, the same community whose virulent agitation exposed the caste fault lines in the state. Rupani's birthday falls on 2 August. “If he takes over as the chief minister, it will be a birthday gift by the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said a senior BJP leader from Ahmedabad.
    Vijay Rupani, has been appointed as the 16th chief minister of Gujarat. FacebookVijay Rupani, has been appointed as the 16th chief minister of Gujarat. Facebook
    Of course Rupani is not the only one in the race to be Gujarat's next chief minister. There have been others such as Purshottam Rupala and Nitin Patel. However Rupani comes across as an affable leader, and his proximity to Modi and BJP President Amit Shah is well-known. But that's not the reason why he is most likely to be chosen as chief minister as in Modi’s politics such a conventional metric does not work.
    Rupani who handles several portfolios in the Anandiben Patel government has proved to be a deft administrator known for his conciliatory approach to a problem. That is the precise reason why he was elevated as the BJP’s state unit chief while retaining his status as the minister. Highly places sources admit that Rupani’s conciliatory traits and his malleable personae are the main attributes that would see him through as the possible successor of Anandiben.
    Apart from her age (she is almost 75), Anandi Patel’s biggest handicap was her inability to have a firm grip on the administration. She was found to be wanting in arresting that drift of social groups which formed a strong support base for the BJP in the past. At the same time, the overwhelming influence of her family members on the state administration was also frowned upon by top leaders of the Sangh Parivar. Rupani has had a long stint with the Sangh Parivar and he is considered to be the man who can overcome the deficiencies of Anandiben Patel.

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