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Who will succeed Anandiben as Gujarat Chief Minister?
After the unexpected resignation of Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel, BJP decision makers are yet to finalise on her successor.

A parliamentary meeting of the party has been called on Wednesday to appoint the new chief minister of Gujarat.

With elections due in the state next year and the protests from Patels and Dalits rocking the state, the decision to choose a Chief Minister for the state is a tight walk.

The top two candidates running for the post of the CM are state party chief, Vijay Rupani and the senior-most minister in the state, Nitin Patel. While a number of Gujarat MLAs have expressed their desire that Amit Shah be made the CM of the state but this seems unlikely given Shah's 'national dreams' and the upcoming elections in UP and Punjab.

With the growing Patel agitation in the state, Nitin Patel seems to be a safer bet but Shah's support for Rupani is well known, thus providing him an edge over Patel. But equally well known are his poor relations with Anandiben, while she was in office.

Rupani is also known for his expertise in handling the administrative mechanism of the state government.

Patel currently holds key portfolios in the Gujarat government. He also headed the committee that was held negotiations with the leaders of the Patel agitation, but it did not enjoy much success.

Even though Anandiben has cited her age as the reason for her retirement and said "the younger generation gets an opportunity to work", her mismanagement of the Patel agitation as well as the recent Dalit protests seem to be the likely reasons for her ouster.

According to PTI, when Nitin Patel was asked about his chances of becoming the CM, he said that the central leadership will decide and "everyone will accept it." When the question was put to Rupani, he said that he would shoulder "whatever responsibilities the party entrusts" him with.

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