Vijay Rupani, Nitin Patel get second term as CM and Deputy CM of Gujarat

Dec 23, 2017 12:35 IST
Vijay Rupani, Nitin Patel get second term as CM and Deputy CM of Gujarat

The current Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani was confirmed to remain at the post for a second term in a row on 22 December 2017. Rupani was also elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party in the state.

The announcement was made by Union Finance Minister and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley, the central observer appointed by the BJP leadership for the election.
Along with Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel was also confirmed to continue as the second in command, after he was declared the deputy leader of the legislature party.

Background

The Bharatiya Janta Party posted a sixth straight assembly elections win in the key western state of Gujarat on 18 December 2017.

However, the party that had set a target of winning at least 150 seats in the 182-member Assembly, ended up winning just 99, not even reaching the three-figure mark that it had managed comfortably in the 2012 elections.

On the contrary, its main opposition, the Congress found itself with more seats than expected, winning 77 seats, much above its 57 in 2012.

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Tough Task Ahead

By continuing with the existing leadership and not making any big experimental changes, the BJP is gearing itself for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

In 2014, the party had won all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state and any dent in this number could directly reflect on the central leadership.

The key issues the party would need to focus on including remunerative prices to farmers, the creation of jobs and accelerating the pace of industrial growth.

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