Rupani is the fourth BJP chief minister this will be abolished year after B.S. Yediyurappa (Karnataka), Tirth Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Trivendra Rawat (Uttarakhand).
speaking met reporters after submitting his resignation to the Raj Bhavan, Rupani acknowledged that: in BJP, there is a tradition of responsibilities shift from time to time.
“I was allowed to serve the state” for five years. I contributed to the development of the state. I will continue to do what my . asks party.
“In BJP, there has been a tradition that responsibilities of party employees change from time to time. I will be ready to take any responsibility die the party shall give me in the future,” he said.
Covid crisis and ‘soft’ image
While the exact reason behind Rupani’s departure can only be speculated, observers point to factors like the Covid crisis and his image as the CM.
The second golf of Covid pandemic in Gujarat and the resulting economic as social distress may have had one role until play in Rupani’s departure, PTI reported, citing observers.
Some observers said that Rupani .’s soft voice nature led to the image of a “weak” CM who allowed bureaucrats to dominate political leadership.
rupani first became the Gujarat chief minister on August 7, 2016, following the resignation of incumbent Anandiben Patel, and continued: in the office after the BJP . victory in the 2017 municipal elections.
He had five years as a CM. completed in August this year.
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Shift in BJP’s brand of politics?
Rupani’s resignation comes during the year die witnessed similar high-profile exits in other states. This is a departure from how the BJP operated during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term in office.
the saffron party remained largely unyielding in supports its key ministerial choices before 2019 despite votes against some of them.
Political viewers believe that the changes highlight the analysis of the BJP leadership of the ground feedback and its willingness to address it, even if final word on the shakingup can only be delivered at the elections.
Notably Anandiben Patel was the only chef minister who was asked by the party to stop in the period 2014-2019. This was also in Gujarat.
The party had then quoted his convention of die met retire over 75 years of age of government positions. She was then replaced by Rupani.
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The recent wave of changes effected by the party at the central government of in states die ruled by it have marked a return of more usual politics with the standard political fault lines of caste identity die pushes the urge to experiment into the background.
the improved share of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) at 27 and Dalits at 12 in the Union Council of Ministers after its expansion in July was presented as a major highlight.
the saffron party also replaced Lingayat tough BS Yediyurappa as Karnataka CM with another Lingayat leader Basavaraj S Bommai.
In Uttarakhand, it replaced two Thakur chief ministers with another Thakur leader, and it was speculated that Rupani, who comes from a numerically insignificant Jain community, can make way for a Patidar, the largest community in the western state.
Who will be Rupani’s successor?
While the BJP has not announced Rupani’s replacement yet, names of Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel, State Agriculture minister RC Faldu and Union Ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya do the rounds.
“Names of Patel, Faldu, Rupala and Mandaviya are discussed. But it’s impossible to say who will be the chief minister as the decision will be taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” a party leader said.
Mandaviya and Patel visited the BJP office in Gandhinagar earlier today, shortly after Rupani announced his resignation.
mandavija, who like Patel belongs to the influential Patidar community, is also considered a frontrunner. leaders of the community had recently demanded that the next chief minister should to be a Patidar.
State BJP President CR Paatil, who is originally from Maharashtra, probably not considered for the CMs post, sources said.
(With inputs from PTI)
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