Faced with infighting in the party and huge disenchantment on the ground, beleaguered Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel offered to resign and asked the BJP to select a new face before she turns 75 on November 21. Her part immediately accepted resignation of 74-year-old Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel , clearing the way for a “young face” to take over the party in a state that is under its rule for last 18 years.
The Una attack has opened up the BJP to accusations of failing to protect the weakest sections of society just as two crucial states with large Dalit populations, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, rev into election mode.
Vijay Rupani, was elected the new leader of the Gujarat BJP legislature party, and he took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat. Earlier, he resigned as Gujarat BJP president following his elevation for the top job. The senior minister Nitin Patel - who was a frontrunner till the last moment - was made the deputy chief minister.
Like most BJP leaders, Rupani also had his roots in the RSS and the ABVP, the students' wing of the BJP. He was a councillor and subsequently the mayor of the Rajkot civic body, and also a Member of Parliament from Rajkot. Vijay Rupani is considered as extremely close to the BJP President Amit Shah and it has worked in his favour. However, Vijay Rupani may have succeeded getting the top job in Gujarat with his proximity to the BJP president Amit Shah, but he faces many challenges. He has just 14 months to set the house in order with the Assembly polls due in December 2017.