Monday, 18 October 2021

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani resigns from his post

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani resigns from his post

On Saturday, Vijay Rupani became the fourth BJP leader to step down as CM of a party-ruled state six months after he quits the top post in Gujarat state.

Mr. Vijay Rupani steps down from the post of CM year ahead of an election in PM Modi's home state - elections the BJP views as a significant honor battle as it bids to secure a third straight interval in force.

In July, the resignation follows BS Yediyurappa in Karnataka state and a double spell in Uttarakhand, where Tirath Singh Rawat quit four months after Rawat replaced him.

Both Uttarakhand and Gujarat will now have to vote next year for new governments.

BS Yediyurappa resigned following displeasure against him and his son and unrelenting calls for his removal by a party's state unit section. In Uttarakhand, the party was also forced to replace Trivendra Rawat after similarly aggressive opposition from within its grade.

The successor - Tirath Singh Rawat - was not a viable replacement either.

Tirath Rawat's brief stint was packed with controversy. The BJP's Uttarakhand leaders had complained to Delhi leadership about public anger at some of the pronouncements, including confusing remarks about the USA and not the UK, for 200 years that ruled India.

Earlier this year, A similar situation was averting in UP, with CM Yogi Adityanath facing criticism from within the party over his inaccessibility to MLAs and MPs and his poor handling of the covid.

A worried BJP sent senior leaders Radha Mohan Singh and BL Santosh to take feedback and carry out a review. The party was stressing that it was not looking at replaced Adityanath, one of the BJP's most high-profile and famous faces but would twist the set-up leadership.

And, like Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Gujarat will also go to the polls in 2022.

The populous state is widely seeing as a forerunner of how the Lok Sabha election 2024 might play out, making it another honor battle for the BJP, which swept 62 of the 80 seats in 2019.

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Earlier, Mr. Rupani said he had decided to resign "to further development in state, with new power and energy." He also thanked the PM for the direction.

Mr. Rupani's resignation leaves the ruling BJP with three options - appoint a successor, allow the state to come under President's Rule, or have the election much earlier than scheduled.

Sources have said that no decision has been taking on early polls and a change of guard - a new Chief Minister - is likely to be the strategy.

Sources also said Mansukh Mandaviya, who was working as the Union Health Minister in July, and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel are possible replacements. Another possibility, sources suggested, could be Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel.

Mr. Rupani resigned, sources further said,

After the party's central leadership expressed dissatisfaction with his performance; authorities have called this a "course correction" by a BJP eager to change things around if it feels unsure in its state leadership.

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