Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the BJP Parliamentary party today. The parliamentary party meet comes days after BJP continued its winning streak by conquering Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
The crucial BJP Parliamentary meet has begun. The meeting is taking place at Parliament’s Library Building. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the BJP Parliamentary party today. The parliamentary party meet comes days after BJP continued its winning streak by conquering Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. The meeting is taking place even as the Parliament Winter Session has off to a stormy start. Apart from PM Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP chief Amit Shah are attending the meet among others. In an unfortunate development, MoS Agriculture Krishna Raj fell ill during the BJP parliamentary party meeting and was taken to RML hospital for treatment. It has been learnt that PM Modi and Shah were felicitated during the meeting.
Meanwhile, the new BJP government in Gujarat is likely to be sworn in on December 25, party sources said today amid speculation that a new leader could be chosen to helm the state where it secured a narrow victory in the Assembly polls. BJP president Amit Shah had announced during the campaign that the party was fighting elections under Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was, however, the face of the party in the keenly contested elections.
“Due to the thin margin of victory this time, the party leadership may think of changing the chief minister,” sources said. PM Modi and the central parliamentary board of the party will take the final call, they said. Asked who will be the next chief minister, Rupani told reporters, “The BJP fought this election in Gujarat with my face. But the final decision will be taken by the party’s parliamentary board.”
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BJP won 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly, securing seven seats more than the 92 needed for a simple majority, while the Congress and its allies won 80. December 25 is the likely date for the swearing-in as it is the birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, sources said.