Former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Ministers of former Gujarat administration quit Assembly polls

Former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Ministers of former Gujarat administration quit Assembly polls

The move came just before BJP’s National Parliamentary Council began its crucial meeting on September 09 to select candidates for the polls.

The move came just before BJP’s National Parliamentary Council began its crucial meeting on September 09 to select candidates for the polls.

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and other senior cabinet colleagues of his former government declined to contest. assembly election.

The move came just before the BJP’s National Parliamentary Council began its crucial meeting on Wednesday to select candidates for the polls.

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Then former ministers Kaushik Patel, Saurabh Patel, R.S. Faldu, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Pradipsinh Jadeja separately announced their decision to withdraw from the race.

Many of these leaders served in the governments led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of the state and then the government led by Anandiben Patel and later the Rupani administration from 2016 to 2021.

They lauded the BJP leadership for giving them an opportunity to serve the party and the people, while uniquely praising the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to party sources, most of the ministers who served in Rupani’s administration were expected to be dropped from the list of candidates, just as the entire cabinet was dropped when the BJP high command changed the guard in the state in September. last year.

“I worked as prime minister for five years with the cooperation of everyone. Responsibility for these inquiries should be given to new employees. I will not contest the request, I have sent a letter to the seniors and forwarded it to Delhi. We will work so that the chosen candidate wins,” said Mr. Rupani.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Patel said in a handwritten letter to Mr. Patil that he should not be considered from Mehsana, his current Assembly seat, as he had decided not to contest the elections.

Party insiders claim that the move is part of the BJP’s strategy to field new faces in the polls as the party seeks a seventh consecutive seat in the state. The BJP won the Gujarat elections in 1995 and has not lost a single Assembly poll since then.

The BJP is expected to replace around 40 sitting legislators and bring in new faces. “Our strategy is to showcase new faces, give opportunities to new people,” a senior executive told The Hindu.

The move to replace incumbent lawmakers en masse appears to be a strategy against the anti-incumbency factor.

Another factor that clearly contributed to the dismissal of some party veterans is their reputation, as there were certain allegations and perceptions of their integrity. For example, Saurabh Patel has leveled allegations of corruption and wrongdoing at the Energy Department, which he headed for many years.



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