Rupani was accompanied by four ministers. Even though the real reason behind his resignation is unclear, reports suggest that his alleged differences with the party may have compelled him to step down as the CM.
Also, reports suggest that there was a disconnect between the party and the people of the state due to Rupani’s policies.
Speaking to the reporters after his resignation, Rupani said that he is ready to take up any responsibility which the party will bestow him with. “I want to thank BJP for giving me this opportunity to serve as Gujarat’s CM. During my tenure, I got the opportunity to add to the development of the state under PM Modi’s leadership.”
“I was given the opportunity to serve the state for five years. I will further do whatever is asked by my party,” Rupani said.
Elections are scheduled in December 2022 to elect 182 members of the Gujarat Assembly.
Interestingly, the names which are doing the rounds as CM probables are Union Health minister Mansukh Mandhaviya, Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala and deputy CM Nitin Patel.
Rupani (65) was sworn in as chief minister – his second stint as CM – in December 2017.
The Gujarat CM becomes the fourth serving CM to have left the office in any BJP-ruled state. In July, BS Yediyurappa had also resigned as Karnataka CM and Tirath Singh Rawat stepped down as chief minister of Uttarakhand recently before Trivendra Singh Rawat.