Bhupendra Patel was sworn in as Gujarat’s new Chief Minister on Monday.
The announcement of the 59-year-old leader’s name as the designated prime minister at a meeting of the BJP legislative party on Sunday came as a surprise to many, as the low-key MLA was not considered to be among the top contenders for the BJP. mail.
Born in Ahmedabad, Patel is an MLA for the first time from the Ghatlodia seat, a position previously held by Anandiben Patel, who is currently serving as Governor of Uttar Pradesh with an additional title from Madhya Pradesh.
Patel had won his inaugural seat by a margin of 117,000 votes in 2017, the largest margin in that poll that defeated Congressional candidate Shashikant Patel. Patel has been invited by Governor Acharya Devvrat to be sworn in as Prime Minister today. BJP has said that the decision on Gujarat’s new cabinet will be made later.
The party is counting on Patel to guide it through difficult waters during the upcoming 2022 assembly elections. In the 2017 state elections, the BJP won 99 of the 182 seats in the state Assembly, Congress won 77 seats. .
Earlier Monday, Patel called Vijay Rupani, who resigned from the highest office last week, 15 months before the state Assembly elections.
Patel met Rupani at the latter’s official residence in Gandhinagar in the morning and held discussions on various issues, according to a statement issued by the state government.
Before meeting Rupani, Bhupendra Patel met with Senior Deputy Minister Nitin Patel at the latter’s residence in Ahmedabad.
Following incessant rains that caused a flood-like situation in parts of Jamnagar, Bhupendra Patel ordered the district authorities to make arrangements to airlift some 35 people stranded in three villages, which have been flooded. and isolated from other parts of the region. district, another government statement said.
According to the Jamnagar District Disaster Management Wing, the Indian Air Force has been requested to airlift the stranded people in some of the villages of Kalavad and Jamnagar talukas.