Vijay Rupani is all set to become the new chief minister of Gujarat. The state BJP legislators took the decision in a meeting in the presence of party chief Amit Shah on Friday. Earlier, Rupani had ruled himself out of the CM race, saying he would like to work for the party organisation.
Who is Vijay Rupani
Vijay Rupani was born on August 2, 1956 in a Jain family. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and LLB degree. Rupani is a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly from Rajkot West and currently serving as state unit chief.
Rupani, who is a law graduate, enjoys support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is a known confidant of BJP president Amit Shah. And he is also an RSS loyalist. He belongs to the Jain community and hails from Rajkot, the heartland of Saurashtra.
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He began his career as student activis and joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Jan Sangh in 1971. He has been associated with BJP since its establishment.
Rupani served as a corporator in Rajkot and then became a member of Rajya Sabha.
He enjoyed support from the then chief minister Narendra Modi and served as chairman of the Gujarat Finance Board during chief minister-ship of Narendra Modi.
Rupani was elected an MLA for the first time in 2014 from Rajkot West.
He was inducted as minister in the first cabinet expansion by Gujarat Chief Minister, Anandiben Patel and currently is in charge of transport, water supply, labor and employment minister.
Vijay Rupani was the minister for transport, water supply, labor and employment in the Anandiben Patel's cabinet.