1. Nitin Patel, second-in-command to Anandiben Patel, can takeover as the new Gujarat Chief Minister

Nitin Patel, second-in-command to Anandiben Patel, can takeover as the new Gujarat Chief Minister

Having been a BJP member for 30 years and serving different governments, Nitin Patel, has been a successful businessman and is a seasoned politician.

By: | Updated: August 3, 2016 5:19 PM
Two years back when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India and had to leave Gujarat, Nitin Patel had expressed his willingness to be the CM of the state. (PTI) Two years back when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India and had to leave Gujarat, Nitin Patel had expressed his willingness to be the CM of the state. (PTI)

Having been a BJP member for 30 years and serving different governments, Nitin Patel, has been a successful businessman and is a seasoned politician. He is believed to be one of those leaders who can create better strategies to get Gujarat out of its political crisis, and at the same time bring its economy back to its potential. Two years back when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India and had to leave Gujarat, Patel has expressed his willingness to be the CM of the state. Yet he did not get a chance and instead became second-in-command to Anandiben Patel. Nitin Patel is a Cabinet Minister for Health, Medical Education, Family Welfare, Road and Building, Capital Project in the government of Gujarat. He was formerly a Cabinet Minister for water supply, Urban Development and Urban Housing.

Although he belongs to the Patidar community whose youth have been protesting in the state in recent times, he still is not very popular among the clan. This can ruin his chances. If Vijay Rupani is not made the Chief Minister, it is likely that Nitin Patel will get the post as he is the second-in-command. He contested his first assembly election in the state in 1995. Bharatiya Janta Party for the first time after Narendra Modi left Gujarat for Delhi is facing so many challenges. The party lost in rural areas in the civic polls, the agitations by Patel community demanding OBC quota, and the recent violent protests by Dalits after the thrashing of youths by the

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The party lost in rural areas in the civic polls, the agitations by Patel community demanding OBC quota, and the recent violent protests by Dalits after the thrashing of youths by the so-called cow-vigilante groups, for allegedly skinning a dead cow in Una.

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