Ahmedabad, Aug 2: In the wake of Anandiben Patel resigning as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the big question is who will replace her? There are four names doing the rounds, but the front runner for the post appears to be Vijay Rupani. Several BJP leaders that OneIndia spoke indicated that Rupani is the frontrunner for the post.
Some BJP leaders said in lighter vein that it is Rupani's birthday today and the Parliamentary Board may give him his best birthday gift. The board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and make an announcement.
Rupani is a trusted aide of both Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. He also shares a very good rapport with the RSS. The MLA from Rajkot has a good track record and is known to take all along while making decisions.
Who will be Gujarat CM?
The name of the other leader making the rounds is that of Parsottam Rupala. His oratory skills are an advantage and moreover he is a mass leader, a factor that is likely to help the BJP during the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.
The names of Nitin Patel and Bikhubhai Dalsania too are making the rounds. Patel the senior most minister in Gujarat enjoys the trust of both Shah and Modi. He belongs to the Patel community and had said that he was ready to be the CM after Modi became the PM.
Dalsania is in the running for the post, but chances appear to be grim. He is the general secretary of the BJP in Gujarat. He too is from the Patel community. However, what may go against him is his lack of administrative experience.