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telegraphindia.com 13 Sep, 2021 00:00 am

Gujarat: First-time MLA Bhupendra Patel picked to woo Patidars

Gujarat: First-time MLA Bhupendra Patel picked to woo Patidars
BJP leadership sheds its avowed aversion to caste politics ahead of the Assembly elections next year; move seen as surprise direct intervention of PM Modi

21, 02:08 AM Bhupendra Patel, a first-time MLA, was picked on Sunday to be the new chief minister of Gujarat, with the BJP leadership shedding its avowed aversion to caste politics to apparently assuage the influential Patidar community ahead of the Assembly elections next year.It is also being viewed as a revenge of sorts exacted by former Gujarat chief minister and now Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel on Union home minister Amit Shah.In August 2016, Anandiben, chosen by Modi to succeed him as Gujarat chief minister in 2014, had announced her resignation on her Facebook page a year ahead of the polls, leading to the appointment of Vijay Rupani, who is counted as “Shah’s man”.Now, in a replay, Rupani has quietly resigned as chief minister over a year ahead of the polls.

“Anandiben then had stressed experience and backed Nitin Patel (the deputy chief minister in the Rupani government).The choice of a Patidar as the new chief minister suggests that such a stand has been shelved, at least for now.

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