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  1. BJP likely to announce Gujarat CM today, Nitin Patel top contender

BJP likely to announce Gujarat CM today, Nitin Patel top contender

The name of the next Chief Minister of Gujarat to succeed Anandiben Patel would be announced today. BJP Amit Shah is set to make the announcement at 4 pm at 'Kamalam', the party's headquarters in Gandhinagar.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2016 9:46 AM
Nitin Patel is one of the top contenders for the post of Gujarat chief minister. (PTI)

Nitin Patel is one of the top contenders for the post of Gujarat chief minister. (PTI)

The name of the next Chief Minister of Gujarat to succeed Anandiben Patel would be announced today. BJP Amit Shah is set to make the announcement at 4 pm at ‘Kamalam’, the party’s headquarters in Gandhinagar. The name will be declared in a meeting of the party’s legislators, including Amit Shah wo arrived on Thursday and held series of one-to-one meetings with state leaders.

Senior Minister Nitin Patel, State BJP chief Vijay Rupani, Gujarat unit-in-charge Dinesh Sharma, organising secretray V Satish and Bhikhubhai Dalasania and Union Minister Purushottam Rupala met Amit Shah on Thursday.
Two central observers appointed by the party’s central parliamentary board — Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and parliamentarian Saroj Pandey — will conduct the process.

The party leadership has not given any indication of any name but the insiders say a senior Cabinet Minister belonging to the Patidar community may take over the reins.

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel submitted her resignation on June 2 to Governor OP Kohli in the presence of ministers and party leaders at Raj Bhavan in the evening. Kohli had asked her to continue until the new chief minister takes charge.

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