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Vijay Rupani to continue as Gujarat CM; Nitin Patel his Deputy

Vijay Rupani to continue as Gujarat CM; Nitin Patel his Deputy

Addressing the media after the party's legislatures meet at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Friday, Arun Jaitley said: "Vijay Rupani chosen as Legislature party leader unanimously, Nitin Bhai Patel as the deputy Legislature party leader in a meeting today". Rupani, a front-runner for the chief minister's post, has been asked to continue as caretaker chief minister till a new government is sworn in Governor OP Kohli had dissolved the Assembly on Wednesday following the declaration of election results. "Will inform you all about the swearing in, soon".

Explaining how the final decision was made, Jaitley said that as Central Observers, they called upon elected MLAs to propose a name.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in all likelihood will want Rupani and Patel to hold on to their posts until the 2019 general election.

Vijay Rupani (Express photo by Javed Raja) Speaking after Jaitley, Nitin Patel promised good governance to the people of Gujarat.

For some time, there was speculation about other possible candidates for chief ministership, like union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya, both prominent Patel or Patidar leaders from Saurashtra, the region where the BJP lost most heavily.

The BJP, which has been in power in Gujarat for 22 years, won 99 of the 182 seats, its poorest performance so far. Rupani is known to be close to Shah and is seen as caste-neutral, qualities which may tilt the scales in his favour.

After being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in October 2001, Modi won a by-election from Rajkot-II and went on to become a legislator in the state assembly. The community has been demanding reservations for Patidars in jobs and education.

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