BJP MLA Bhupendra Patel named new Gujarat chief minister

by Politics | 12-09-2021 | 4663 views

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday announced that Bhupendra Patel will be the new chief minister of Gujarat. Patel, an MLA from Ghatlodiya constituency, will replace Vijay Rupani, who had resigned from the top post on Saturday in an unexpected announcement.Patel will be sworn-in as the chief minister on Monday and the decision regarding the new Gujarat cabinet will be taken after that.

Who is Bhupendra Patel ? 

Unanimously elected as the BJP legislature party leader, Bhupendra Patel, a first-time MLA, is known as a soft-spoken worker of the party who has made his way up in the state politics from the municipality level.His name was floated by outgoing CM Vijay Rupani himself.Fondly called as 'Dada' by many, Patel (59) had contested his maiden assembly election from Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad in 2017 and won it by a margin of over 1.17 lakh votes, which was a record during that election.

Patel is former chairman of the standing committee of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).He has also served as the chairman of Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).

The BJP MLA is considered as the close aide of former  Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel, who was also a legislator from Ghatlodiya. After being chosen as the chief minister, Patel said he is glad to have the blessings of Anandiben Patel.

Patel, who belongs to the Patidar community, is the trustee at Patidar organizations Sardar Dham and Vishwa Umiya Foundation.He served as the president of Memnagagar Nagarpalika in 1999-2000, vice-chairman of School Board of AMC in 2008-10 and councilor from Thaltej ward in 2010-15.He holds a diploma in civil engineering.

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