Gandhinagar, May 18 UNI | 2 months ago

A meeting of the BJP Legislative Party will elect its new leader on May 21 here putting at rest the speculation about Chief Minister Narendra Modi's successor in the state as Mr Modi is scheduled to be formally elected by the BJP MPs as the next Prime Minister on May 20 in Delhi.

Cabinet spokesperson and finance minister Nitin Patel told UNI that the meeting will be held on May 21 which will elect its new leader who would take over as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat.

A special session Gujarat Assembly is also convened on the same day at 1100 hrs by Speaker Vajubhai Vala to accord a farewell to Mr Modi who is taking over the new assignment after adorning the post of the Chief Minister of the state for around 13 years. The central leadership of the BJP has appointed senior leaders Thavarchand Gahlot and Om Mathur as observers who will seek the views of the MLAs about the new leader. Meanwhile, the name of Mr Modi's successor has been a subject of intense speculation and heated debate in political circles as well as the general public ever since the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections results giving an emphatic win to the BJP-led NDA,the issue of the successor of party's Prime Ministerial candidate Mr Modi in Gujarat has become a topic of hot discussion. The political observers point out to three main likely contenders for the CM's post -- revenue minister Anandi Patel, finance minister Nitin Patel and Mr Modi's chief strategist Amit Shah. While Ms Patel and Mr Shah enjoy personal trust of the Gujarat strongman, Nitin Patel, who is number two in the Modi Cabinet, is known for his unambitious nature and low-profile style of functioning.

As Mr Modi is known to spring surprises, chances of some 'dark horse' being chosen for the chief minister's post can't be ruled out, the political observers added. Mr Modi led the BJP to a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha polls with the saffron party winning 283 seats and the NDA 337 seats out of total 543.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)