Bhupendra Patel will remain Gujarat’s prime minister if the BJP wins a majority in next month’s general election, senior party leader and Union interior minister Amit Shah told CNN-News18 in Ahemdabad.
Mr Shah’s statement makes it clear that Mr Patel is the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP, which is seeking a seventh consecutive term in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr Shah.
“If the BJP gets the majority in Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel will be the next prime minister,” Mr Shah told CNN-News18.
Mr Patel replaced Vijay Rupani as chief minister in September 2021, a move that surprised many.
He is the first-time MLA from the Ghatlodia constituency. He will be re-nominated from the same seat.
Earlier, the Aam Aadmi party, led by Arvind Kejriwal, declared party leader Isudan Gadhvi as prime ministerial candidate after a “public poll”. Congress has decided not to declare the chief minister’s face for the election.
Voting for the 182 seats in Gujarat will take place in two phases on December 1st and 5th. The counting of votes will begin on December 8th.
In the 2017 polls, the BJP’s win tally fell to two spots with 99, while Congress improved its performance with 77 seats.
With its aggressive campaign, AAP projects itself as the BJP’s main challenger in the state, where polls have usually remained a bilateral contest between the Saffron party and Congress.
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