Vijay Rupani takes over as Indian state Gujarat's chief minister
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)
Rupani has been elected two days after Anandiben Patel stepped down as the chief minister, citing her age as the cause of the resignation.
Nitin Patel, who was speculated to be elected as chief minister, will serve as deputy chief minister of the state.
It's pertinent to mention Rupani was in charge of transport, water supply, labor and employment in Anandiben's cabinet.
Vijay Rupani to be the next Chief Minister of Gujarat. Nitin Patel to be the Deputy CM, announces Nitin Gadkari. pic.twitter.com/Dk95cDhmtU— ANI (@ANI_news) August 5, 2016
Vijay Rupani & Nitin Patel being felicitated by Nitin Gadkari, Amit Shah & Anandiben Patel in Gandhinagar (Gujarat) pic.twitter.com/F1JZJMNgdn— ANI (@ANI_news) August 5, 2016