Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani of the Bhartiya Janata Party has handed in his resignation to Governor Acharya Devvrat at the Raj Bhavan. He served as the CM for a little over five years (07 Aug 2016 – 11 Sep 2021). Mr. Rupani quits one year before the BJP are set to face the assembly elections in state of Gujarat. At his meeting with the governor Mr. Rupani said, “I have resigned after conveying my wishes to the party leadership to let me work in the organisation,” The former CM also thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Guj CM and for the guidance he had received during his tenure.

The reason for a sudden change of control in Gujarat are suspected to be the dissatisfaction of the central command of the BJP as there were reported rumours of unsettling attitude between the state government and the Union. The party’s central leadership had expressed discontentment with Rupani’s performance and needed a ‘course correction’ for the state leadership.

Mr. Rupani said “Change of guard is a natural phenomenon in the BJP” and this doesn’t come as a surprise as this is the fourth time in 2021, where BJP ruled states have had a change of guard, earlier this year there was a shift in power twice in Uttarakhand from Trivendra S. Rawat to Tirath S. Rawat succeeded by incumbent Pushkar S. Dhami. Which was followed by Karnataka where B.S. Yediyurappa made way for Basavaraj Bommai.

With the elections due next year, possible replacements for the CM post are the Deputy CM Nitin Patel and recently sworn in Union Health minister Sh. Mansukh Mandaviya. The party leadership is expected to make the announcement till late Saturday evening.

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