BJP leaders to meet to decide new CM of Gujarat

Ahmedabad, 12/9: The suspense over who will succed Vijay Rupani as Gujarat chief minister will be over after a meeting of BJP legislators later on Sunday, party sources said. Central observer Narendra Singh Tomar, who will attend the meeting, met state BJP chief C R Paatil on Sunday morning.

BJP has appointed Union ministers Tomar and Prahlad Joshi as observers for the legislature party meeting to elect a new chief minister. “We have come here to hold further discussions on the issue (new chief minister). We will discuss it with state BJP leaders,” Tomar said at the airport.

“I will hold consultations with Gujarat leaders, then the central leadership will take a decision,” said Joshi. BJP general secretary Tarun Chaag has also reached Ahmedabad. There is talk that Praful Khoda Patel, administrator of the union territories of Lakshadweep and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, is among the top contenders. Also reportedly being considered are Parshottam Rupala, the Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Health Minister.

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