President of the Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party Vijay Rupani was on Friday appointed as the new chief minister of the state post a meeting of MLAs with the BJP central leadership.
Rupani’s appointment comes after former CM Anandiben Patel resigned from the post earlier this week citing her age, adding that she wanted younger leaders to takeover the reigns of the party prior to the 2017 state assembly elections.
Rupani is a first-time MLA of the BJP from Rajkot West constituency and also the state water resources minister.
Like most BJP leaders, Rupani has had his roots in the RSS and the ABVP, the students’ wing of the BJP.
Prior to contesting the Rajkot West assembly seat that was vacated by Vajubhai Vala, who was appointed the Governor of Karnataka, Rupani’s political career was confined to Saurashtra region of the state. He was a councillor and subsequently the mayor of the Rajkot civic body, and also a Member of Parliament from Rajkot.
Over the past year-and-a-half, Rupani gained a political stature within the BJP and emerged as a front runner for the post of CM. During the Patidar reservation stir, he was seen as the leader with the healing touch, often making the peacemaking moves even as disgruntled Patels threatened to desert the BJP.
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