BJP MLAs to meet today to choose next Gujarat Chief Minister

22 December 2017, 01:34 PM
Governor O P Kohli had dissolved the Assembly on Wednesday following the declaration of election results (BJP.org)
Governor O P Kohli had dissolved the Assembly on Wednesday following the declaration of election results (BJP.org)

Newly elected BJP MLAs of Gujarat will meet in Gandhinagar on Friday to choose the next chief minister, a top party official said.

The BJP legislature party will meet to elect its leader in the presence of central observers for the exercise-- Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and party general secretary Saroj Pandey, the party's state chief Jitu Vaghani told reporters in Ahmedabad.

State BJP in-charge Bhupender Yadav and co-in charge V Satish would also attend the meeting at party headquarters 'Kamalam' on Friday afternoon.

"All the MLAs along with party observers and in-charge leaders would meet today to select the leader of the ruling party (chief minister). All the MLAs have been intimated to remain present in tomorrow's meeting," Vaghani said.

Earlier, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and members of his council of ministers gave resign. Rupani, a front-runner for the chief minister's post, has been asked to continue as caretaker chief minister till a new government is sworn in.

Governor O P Kohli had dissolved the Assembly on Wednesday following the declaration of election results.

In the recently concluded polls, the BJP retained power by winning 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly, while the Congress bagged 77. Six seats were won by others. 

First Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 01:29 PM
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