Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Bhupendra Patel was named the new Chief Minister of Gujarat on Sunday following the BJP legislature meeting in Gandhinagar.
He will be sworn-in as the 17th CM of Gujarat tomorrow, confirmed Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Patel is BJP MLA from Ghatlodiya Assembly constituency in Gujarat and has served as a chairman of the standing committee of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in the past.
The 55-year-old was unanimously elected BJP legislature party leader. His name was proposed by Vijay Rupani, whose resignation from the post on Saturday surprised many.
The announcement of a new CM has come a day after Vijay Rupani tendered his resignation from the post.
Rupani took charge as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on August 7, 2016. He currently represents Gujarat’s Rajkot West as MLA. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 Assembly seats, Congress got 77 seats.
Assembly polls in the state are scheduled to take place in 2022.
Reacting to his election, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy congratulated Patel and asserted that BJP’s coming back to power in Gujarat in next year’s election is certain.
“It is very good that Bhupendra Patel has been chosen to be the new Gujarat CM. Now BJP coming back to power in Gujarat is certain,” he tweeted.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also congratulated Bhupendra Patel for his election as the new Gujarat CM.