Gandhinagar, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

With Narendra Modi becoming the next Prime Minister of the country, the BJP will decide his successor in Gujarat tomorrow.

BJP Parliamentary Board member, Thawar Chand Gehlot and party's Gujarat in-charge, Om Mathur, who have been appointed as Central observers, will hold a crucial meeting at around 1600 hrs, with the party MLAs and elect Leader of the Legislature Party.

Ahead of the BJP MLAs meeting, a special session of the Assembly will be held at around 1100 hrs, where the MLAs will extend a farewell to the outgoing Chief Minister.

After the session, Mr Modi, who has been the Chief Minister of the state for the past 12 years, will submit his resignation to Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal.

Revenue Minister Anandi Patel is among the frontrunners for the Chief Minister's post.

The political observers also point out two other likely contenders for the CM's post -- Finance Minister Nitin Patel and Modi's chief strategist Amit Shah.

While Anandi Patel and 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.

Anandi Patel has been working very closely with Mr Modi like Shah, through thick and thin of Modi's career.

The political observers point out that, apart from enjoying personal confidence of Modi, Anandi Patel has been an assertive leader and she has a vast experience of administration as well as organisation.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)