Shah might head for Gujarat in March

August 07 2016

While Gujarat got a new chief minister in the form of Vijay Rupani, BJP President Amit Shah’s stature got a little more elevated. It is worth noting that when Anandiben Patel offered her resignation after some issues with Shah, she had given her clear opinion in front of Modi saying he can make anyone the chief minister, but not Rupani. This conflict was also seen clearly in the meeting with MLAs, when several of them along with Patel had an exchange of some sharp words with Shah. It was Modi’s veto that helped Shah keep his hat on. The decision also reiterated the fact that some things that Shah says in the party are considered as cast in stone. As a BJP head in Gujarat, Rupani made sure he carried out Shah’s instructions to the T, but also made Patel’s journey as a chief minister one fraught with challenges. Nitin Patel’s name had got the green signal at a time, and most BJP MLAs were also said to be in his favour. But Shah changed the entire game for his favoured Rupani. Reliable sources claim that Rupani is a politician who will be willing to vacate his post in the days to come. Assembly elections are likely to take place in Gujarat in October, 2017. Thus, after the Lok Sabha elections get concluded in March, Shah may be crowned as the chief minister. Rupani seems to be working towards helping realize this dream of Shah’s.

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