Rupani was accompanied by four ministers. While the real reason for his resignation is unclear, reports suggest his alleged differences with the party may have forced him to resign as CM.
In addition, reports suggest that there was a disconnect between the party and the people of the state due to Rupani’s policies.
Speaking to reporters after his resignation, Rupani said he was ready to take any responsibility the party gave him. “I would like to thank the BJP for giving me this opportunity to serve as CM of Gujarat. During my tenure, I had the opportunity to contribute to the development of the state under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi.
“I had the opportunity to serve the state for five years. I will also do whatever is requested by my party, ”Rupani said.
Elections are scheduled for December 2022 to elect 182 members of the Gujarat Assembly.
Interestingly, the names circulating as probable CMs are Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandhaviya, Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala and CM MP Nitin Patel.
Rupani (65) was sworn in as Chief Minister – his second term as CM – in December 2017.
The Gujarat CM becomes the fourth serving CM to leave office in a state led by the BJP. In July, BS Yediyurappa had also resigned as Karnataka CM and Tirath Singh Rawat resigned as chief minister of Uttarakhand recently before Trivendra Singh Rawat.