After accepting Anandiben Patel’s resignation as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, top guns of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have scheduled a legislature party meeting on Thursday to decide the new chief minister of the state.
The next chief minister would be from the existing party MLAs in Gujarat, said party veteran and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.
The party has also cleared the air on party president Amit Shah’s unlikelihood to be the next Chief Minister of Gujarat.
“There is no such consultation going on in the party. He (Amit Shah) is party’s national president and under his leadership the party has reached great heights. The party needs his leadership. The chief minister will be from the existing legislators,” said Naidu.
However, the BJP president will attend the meeting where Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and party General Secretary Saroj Pandey will also be attended as central observers.
“He will chair the meeting of state legislature party and hold consultation with the stakeholders to decide on the next chief minister of Gujarat,” Naidu said.
Naidu said Anandiben Patel would meet Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli on Wednesday to submit her resignation.
“The party has accepted her resignation. She offered to resign as she was nearing 75. She has set an example for lakhs of party workers and became an inspiration for many in the country by doing this,” Naidu told reporters after the meeting of party’s Parliamentary Board.
The meeting, held at 7, Race Course, was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Naidu said the party appreciated the “satisfactory” work done by Anandiben Patel as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
“She has been a minister in Gujarat government for 18 years. She headed the government as chief minister in satisfactory manner. The party appreciates the good work done by her for the development of the state”, he added.
Patel, the first woman chief minister of Gujarat, offered to quit keeping in mind the BJP’s tradition of leaders vacating their post as they turn 75.