From being the chairman of the Ahmedabad City Growth Authority to being chosen in 2017 to contest his first election and now being the shock alternative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the subsequent Chief Minister of Gujarat, 59-year-old Bhupendra Patel is as low-profile a politician as one will be.
Until early this morning, Patel had simply 14,000-odd followers on Twitter and was hardly in competition for the highest chair, if one glided by the hypothesis within the media. Earlier right now, he was planting a sapling in his constituency with a handful of supporters after which holding a small organisational assembly earlier than he’s stated to have learnt that he was to be the selection as the subsequent CM.
He even caught nobody’s consideration when he reached the BJP MLAs assembly at 3pm, sat in direction of the tip of the corridor and his title was then introduced because the unanimous alternative as the brand new CM.
First Kadva Patel to develop into Gujarat CM
However Patel’s alternative makes extra political sense. In addition to being a Patidar, the neighborhood BJP desires to be by its facet within the subsequent elections, Patel can be a Kadva Patel, which kinds almost 12.4% of Gujarat’s inhabitants. The brand new CM decide is, in truth, the primary Kadva Patel to develop into the CM of the state.
This neighborhood is dominant in North Gujarat and Saurashtra, and opens a brand new political narrative for the BJP within the subsequent polls. Earlier than him, the Patel CMs of Gujarat had been all Leuva Patels. Bhupendra Patel additionally has a superb maintain over varied Patidar associations.
In turning into the CM, Bhupendra Patel has clearly outmoded a bunch of leaders within the state, successfully sealing the way forward for the likes of Deputy CM Nitin Patel, who noticed himself as the largest Patidar face within the state.
Bhupendra Patel, took over her meeting seat of Ghatlodia from his mentor Anandiben Patel within the meeting election in 2017 and by an enormous margin — polling 72% of the full votes. He thanked Prime Minister Modi, BJP nationwide president JP Nadda and Union Residence Minister Amit Shah for reposing religion in him and in addition thanked Anandiben Patel for supporting him prior to now. The civil engineer, therefore, already appears to have struck a superb stability.