New CM of Indian state Gujarat Vijay Rupani to meet governor OP Kohli

BJP's decision to elect Rupani the chief minister came as a major twist as his deputy Nitish Patel was the frontrunner for the post. Photograph:( Twitter )

ANI Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India Aug 06, 2016, 04.24 AM (IST)
Newly-elected chief minister of western Indian state of Gujarat Vijay Rupani will be meeting governor O P Kohli today to stake claim to form a new government in the state. 

State health minister Nitish Patel, who was named as the deputy chief minster, will also join Rupani in meeting the governor at 11 this morning.

The decision comes as a major twist as Patel was the frontrunner for the post after Rupani had bowed out from the race, saying he would like to work for the party.

Yesterday, in a crucial meeting attended by Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and transport minister Nitin Gadkari at the party headquarters in the state, the decision to make Rupani as the next chief minister was announced.

BJP's central observer Nitin Gadkari said after the meeting that the decision was taken by the party MLAs unanimously and through a democratic process.

The BJP central leadership had already made it clear that a state MLA would be assigned the job.

Anandiben Patel had tendered her resignation to the governor on Wednesday.

Governor O P Kohli has asked her to continue as the care taker chief minster till the alternate arrangement.

Patel had cited age issues in her Facebook post earlier, urging the BJP to relieve her from the coveted post.