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Chief Minister designate Vijay Rupani on Saturday met Gujarat Governor O P Kohli to stake claim to form the new government, a day after he was elected by BJP MLAs as their leader.[/caption]
Chief Minister designate Vijay Rupani on Saturday met Gujarat Governor O P Kohli to stake claim to form the new government, a day after he was elected by BJP MLAs as their leader.
After staking claim, BJP state in-charge Dinesh Sharma announced that Rupani will take oath on Sunday at 12.40 PM.
Rupani, Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister designate Nitin Patel, and other state leaders met the Governor. However, incumbent chief minister Anandiben Patel was absent.
The party also did not gave a clear indication on who all shall be taking oath with Rupani and Patel, saying all those details are being worked out.
In a dramatic turnaround on Friday the BJP central leadership decided on the name of Rupani to replace Anandiben as the chief minister of the state, instead of Nitin Patel who was front-runner for the post till the last moment.
The Legislature party meeting was delayed by about two hours due to jostling between the groups of party President Amit Shah and incumbent Chief Minister Anandiben.
Anandiben had insisted that her confidante Nitin Patel should be made the chief minister of the state, while Shah had firmly wanted his nominee Rupani to be on the top post.
As a compromise formula, Rupani was made the Chief Minister, while Patel was declared as Deputy Chief Minister after intervention of central BJP leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.