As soon as the political landscape came out of the dramatic Anandi Ben Patel resignation, speculations are on a rise, questioning who will succeed the post of Anandi Ben.
The selection of next CM is assessed based on the 2017 upcoming assembly poll sentiments. The most prominent names heard in this phase are the present health minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel, state BJP chief Vijay Rupani, Union minister Purshottam Rupala.
The state has been facing severe agitations from various communities and discriminations against Dalits from past some time. After una protests and Patidar agitation, the CM looked losing control over many affairs. More importantly, the decision is taken to provide strong leadership to the state for the upcoming 2017 assembly elections.
As per the CM resignation, it was said that the party had made a rule that leaders above 75 years of age should not hold any administrative post in Central or state governments, hence the decision. Recently Najma Heptulla also resigned from minority affairs after she turned 76. Then who can be the next face of Gujarat is the current question?
Some of the names heard in the CM race are:
The most likely face from Gujarat who can hold the position of chief minister and lead towards success in the upcoming elections is Amit Shaw. But the key issue is, currently Shah is BJP party president who is playing a significant role in the Modi Sarkar. At this juncture of elections at UP, Goa and Gujarat, will prime minister offer the post to him? Shaw was also accused of fake encounters which made him spend almost a year in jail.
The person who is likely to be the CM, according to the sources is Vijay Rupani. He is the present BJP president in the state and the most non controversial leader close to both Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Vijay Rupani is said to be the frontrunner in the chief ministers race. A Jain leader played crucial roles in the party politics. Most probably, Vijay Rupani will be the next CM of Gujarat.
Nitin Patel is the present health minister of state also known as Nitinbhai Patel is number two in the cabinet. He is an industrialist who has also taken up finance portfolio. He is the most trusted minister by Narendra Modi. Having experience of more than two years he has managed the Patidar crisis well.
He is the national BJP vice president. He is the most admired orator after Modi. Recently Rupala was appointed as minister of state, agriculture. He was a popular contender for cm race during 2014, but Modi preferred rupala’s rival Anandi ben as chief minister.
Coming from Modi’s era, daisania is the state’s BJP secretary. He is the most powerful leader in the party who comes from RSS. Bhikhubhai may prove to be the dark horse, but the Sangh background may also reduce the chances at the same time.
If the BJP prefers an obc keeping in view the current political crisis then Shankar Chaudhary can be the candidate having chances. Currently, he is the minister of urban development.