Ahead of next year’s Assembly elections, a significant change has taken place in Gujarat. Bhupendra Patel was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state today (Monday). After Vijay Rupani’s resignation, the party had sealed Bhupendra Patel’s name on Sunday. There has been no other change in the cabinet.
Bhupendra Patel was sworn in as the Chief Minister at a function at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar today. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Khattar, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai were also present on the occasion.
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– ANI ()ANI) September 13, 2021
How did Bhupendra Patel come forward in the race for CM?
The BJP leadership has once again taken a shocking decision to elect Bhupendra Patel as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat. Patel comes from the Patidar community, so the BJP has tried to woo this major community in the state before the elections. Although Bhupendra Patel is less popular than all the big Patidar leaders in the state, one of the reasons behind his selection is also believed to be the dominant factionalism among the big Patel leaders in the BJP state. Besides, he is close to former Chief Minister and Governor Anandiben Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Patel, 59, is one of the Sardardham trustees who started the Patidar community movement. After the resignation of Vijay Rupani, Bhupendra Patel as the new Chief Minister is being seen as a link between Patidar votes. Because, in the 2017 elections, the BJP had to suffer a lot due to the Patidar agitation.
Patel, under whose leadership the 2022 Assembly elections will be contested, had contested his first major election in 2010 as a corporator of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. In his first term as a corporator, he became the chairman of the standing committee in the corporation.
Patel has become MLA for the first time from Ghatlodia, a vacant assembly constituency of former chief minister Anandiben Patel, after being appointed as the governor of Madhya Pradesh. In the 2017 Assembly elections, Patel had defeated Congress candidate Shashikant Patel by one lakh votes.
Patel started his political career in the 1990s from Memnagar Municipality, Ahmedabad and served as the President of the City Civil Society in 1990-2000 and 2004-06. He also served as the Vice President of AMC School Board from 2008-10 before contesting the Corporation elections.
Speaking to reporters after his appointment as Chief Minister, he said that Anandiben Patel’s blessings have always been with him, so it was clear that Anandiben was among his mentors. He expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Patel was the chairman of AUDA (Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority) in 2015 and approved major development projects in the Bopal-Ghuma area under AUDA before merging with AMC in 2020. As a result, the rapidly developing area on the outskirts of Ahmedabad is part of Amit Shah’s parliamentary constituency.
Patel, a civil engineer and a member of the Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers and Architects (GICEA), has been in the real estate business for 25 years. Among Patel’s colleagues and friends, he is known as God-fearing and religious. He is a follower of Dada Bhagwan. That is why we call him Dada, ”said a former AMC official.