Following their meeting on Wednesday morning, the BJP parliamentary board has left the decision of the next chief minister to the legislature party in Gujarat. Senior party leaders Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pandey have been appointed to travel to Gujarat on Thursday to hold meetings with state leaders.
Amid speculations, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu ruled out Amit Shah as the next chief minister. “Party wants him to lead us in national politics,” he said.
Anandiben Patel took to Facebook on Tuesday to announce her resignation. She officially tendered her resignation on Wednesday morning; it was accepted by the BJP leadership. She will now submit her resignation to the Gujarat governor.
The Patidar agitation last August and the more recent Dalit stir has plagued the BJP government in the state, especially Anandiben Patel’s position. Ahead of the crucial assembly polls in 2017, the party will look to project a tall face to restore its image. Well-placed sources tell Newsd Nitin Patel will be elected as the next chief minister of the state.