New Delhi. The resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has created a stir in the political circles. This is the second time in the last five years that the CM’s chair has gone even before completing the term in the state. First of all, in August 2016, Anandiben Patel was removed and now Rupani has also left the field. The question arises that why is the BJP having to change the command again and again? Has the decision to remove Rupani been taken only in view of the elections to be held next year? Or is some other khichdi cooking inside the Gujarat BJP. What is the inside story of this transformation?
In August 2016, just a year before the assembly elections, the BJP had handed over the reins of the state to Vijay Rupani in place of Anandiben. It was said that this is a very clever political move of the then BJP President Amit Shah. After becoming the Prime Minister in the year 2014, Narendra Modi came to Delhi. And handed over the command of the state to Anandiben. But after a few days, Anandiben got stuck in the Patidar movement. The Patidar movement led by Hardik Patel opened a front against the government. Therefore, in the local bodies elections of December 2015, BJP had to face defeat in many places. This was followed by public thrashing of Dalits in Una in 2016, which became a major issue ahead of the UP elections.
Anandiben Vs Rupani
To pacify the Patidars, Anandiben’s government announced 10% reservation for the economically backward in the general category. This announcement was made by Vijay Rupani. The decision was seen as an insult to Anandiben. Rupani was a minister and state unit chief in his government. Now a year before the elections in December 2022, BJP has cleared Rupani’s leaf.
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Rupani on target
Last year, Rupani was heavily criticized for his failure to manage the Corona pandemic. The Gujarat High Court also made a strong comment on his work. Apart from this, many critics of Rupani also alleged that due to his weak leadership, the Aam Aadmi Party got a chance to progress in the state. In 2016, a section of the BJP wanted Nitin Patel to replace Anandiben. But it is said that Amit Shah gave a chance to Rupani, considered close to him.
wave of change
According to the English newspaper Indian X Press, this time the situation has changed the matter. Rupani’s resignation comes days after the state executive meeting which was attended by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in Shah’s absence. The newspaper quoted sources as saying that Shah, who is playing an important role in the organization and functioning of BJP. Will share responsibilities with BL Santosh (Organization General Secretary) in Gujarat BJP; Mansukh Mandaviya (selected as Union Health Minister by Modi); J P Nadda (BJP President); CR Patil (again, chosen by Modi as the head of the Gujarat unit); and the new Chief Minister.
Will there be an early election in Gujarat?
It is being said that BJP is in favor of holding early elections in Gujarat. Elections are to be held in five states including UP at the beginning of next year and during this time elections can also be held in Gujarat. Sources said that this will enable the party to elect a non-MLA as the CM and legal opinion is being sought. However, contesting elections from both the states of UP and Gujarat at the same time will be a challenge for the party. The change of power in Gujarat fits the new pattern of reshuffles of BJP chief ministers. In fact, between 2014 and 2019, Anandiben’s exit was an exception to the rule. Despite demands for change in state units like Jharkhand, Rajasthan or Haryana, the party was not ready to change the CM.
Changes are already happening in the state
Some early signs of change were already found in Gujarat. Patil was brought in as the state unit president in July last year ahead of the crucial local body elections. Patil is considered close to Shah and Modi. Subsequently, significant changes took place in the organisation, including the appointment of Ratnakar in place of Bhikhubhai Dalsania – who had worked with Shah – as the organisation’s general secretary. Dalsania was appointed General Secretary (Organization) of the Bihar unit.
Election will be fought in the name of Modi
A party MP told The Indian Express, “Although the election will be fought with Modi’s face anyway, the message needs to be sent to the party that it has a strong and effective leadership in the state.” Rupani was the first Jain to become the Chief Minister. who were an influential minority in the state. But under his leadership, the BJP did a dismal performance in the 2017 assembly elections, winning only 99 out of 182 seats.
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