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Vijay Rupani to continue as Gujarat chief minister

Vijay Rupani to continue as Gujarat chief minister

Vijay Rupani elected the leader of the BJP legislature party in Gujarat, and will be the state's chief minister for a second term, Nitin Patel will continue to be the Deputy Chief Minister.

Also, the BJP government's support in the state Assembly rose to 100 after an independent MLA from Lunawada, Ratansinh Rathod, in a letter to governor O.P. Kohli, extended his support to the saffron party. He said since there was no alternative suggested by elected MLAs, the proposal put forward by BJP leader Bhupendrasinh Chudasama was supported by everyone. In the assembly elections, the BJP won 99 seats and the Congress 77 in a House of 182. "All MLAs of the party (in Gujarat) were present and the decision was taken unanimously", Jaitley said after the meeting.

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Meanwhile, in Himachal Pradesh where the BJP came to power, suspense still continues over who will be its chief minister. While senior leader Jairam Thakur is said to be leading the race, party stalwart and former CM P.K. Dhumal's name is also doing the rounds despite his losing the Assembly election. Rupani is widely believed to be Shah's personal choice and he chose to stick to it, disregarding fears of erosion of popular support of the party in its stronghold. The meeting at Kamalam, the party head office here at Gandhinagar, was convened by Jitu Vaghani, the BJP state unit president.

Vijay Rupani is set to take charge as Gujarat's chief minister for a second time. Nitin Patel too thanked the party leadership and the elected MLAs for choosing him and Rupani as Deputy Chief Minister and Chief Minister respectively. "Since there were none, the two (Rupani and Patel) were declared as unanimously elected". "Humbled and honoured indeed". Mr Jaitley also informed that the date of the swear-in ceremony of the new government will be announced soon.


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