Prashant Dayal, Ahmedabad: The BJP headquarters in Delhi is once again buzzing with activities over changes to be made in the Gujarat government cabinet. All the BJP ministers are tight-lipped over this, but if our sources in Delhi are to be believed, this time the party is planning to make Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani put down his papers. With the upcoming general elections in 2019 and the current situation in the Gujarat government, the party high command is looking forward to introducing fresh faces into the cabinet and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and the Dy. CM Nitin Patel might get dropped from the new ministerial cabinet that will be formed soon.

Sources further informed that even the CM is aware of the party high commands plans, and this has upset him to great extent. As a result, he has stalled the transfers of IAS and IPS officers from the state and has set aside its files so that the new CM can decide on transfers accordingly. Because this is the matter of Gujarat BJP, most of the decisions are taken by the party’s national president Amit Shah and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and even top leaders from the BJP are unaware of those decisions most of the time. The Gujarat BJP lost most of its seats during the 2017 Assembly elections from Saurashtra.

The party will hand over the responsibility of the post of Gujarat CM to someone who could win back the regions in 2019 Loksabha polls. After Keshubhai Patel in 2001, no one from Saurashtra has got a chance to be the CM of the state. And possibilities are rife that in order to please the Saurashtra belt, the party might bring back senior minister Purshottam Rupala from the center and give them the reins of the state. But if one has noticed the working style of Narendra Modi, he crosses out those names that start cropping up in discussion in the open regarding possible candidates in the fray. So it won’t be a surprise if a new name springs up in this scenario. Though it is not clear on when CM Rupani might resign, today’s cabinet meeting could be his last as the CM too.

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