Published: Fri, August 05, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

BJP accepts Anandiben's resignation, authorises Shah to pick CM nominee, New Delhi, Aug 3: The BJP on Wednesday said its President Amit Shah will not succeed Anandiben Patel as the next Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Earlier, BJP president Amit Shah had said that the party's Parliamentary Board will take a decision on Gujarat Chief Minister's resignation and her successor.

"Growing popularity of AAP in the state forced BJP to sack Anandiben Patel, he said, adding that BJP's unwritten rule of removing leaders who turn 75 was a smokescreen".

Mr. Naidu said the BJP Parliamentary Board had considered Ms. Patel's offer and made a decision to accept it. He said Ms. Patel had set a great example for people, both within and outside the party, by offering to make way for the next generation.

Naidu informed reporters that senior BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pandey have been appointed observers and asked to go to Gujarat and hold meetings with state leaders.

Some sources said Anandiben Patel's sudden move to step down was mainly due to her anger against the top BJP leadership.

Besides other names, speculations are rife that the BJP chief, Mr Amit Shah could possibly be rushed to Gujarat to replace Ms Patel following the volatile situation in the state.

"There were talks before about her. But her resignation hasn't been accepted either".

"She has requested the party to relieve her of her post".

Taking to her social-networking page Facebook, Anandiben corroborated her resignation.

More recently, Dalits have been launching state-wide protests against her government after members from the right-wing groups had publicly thrashed four Dalit youth.

He also said that the party appreciated the "satisfactory" work done by her as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

"I took charge as Gujarat CM after Narendrabhai's 12 charismatic years, which was nothing less than counting stars in the sky".

Ms Patel's successor will be among the party's MLAs, Mr Naidu asserted.

Saurabh Patel, who represents Vadodara's Akota constituency, holds several important portfolios, including energy and petrochemicals, mines and minerals, etc. He is one of the most educated ministers of Gujarat government and holds an MBA from US. "It is regarding the overall performance and the overall governance of the state in the recent past after Narendra Modi came to Delhi and the state was given to Patel", a party functionary told Mail Today.

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