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Vijay Rupani is new Gujarat BJP chief


Gandhinagar : Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel puts a tilak on newly elected State BJP President Vijay Rupani at Gandhinagar on Friday. PTI Photo (PTI2_19_2016_000125B)

Gandhinagar : Gujarat Transport Minister Vijay Rupani was on Friday  elected unopposed as BJP’s Gujarat unit president as the party braces for the 2017 assembly polls in the backdrop of the debacle in local bodies polls and the Patel quota agitation.

 Rupani’s nomination was supported in the party meeting by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and three others, after which the central observer Arjun Meghwal declared him elected unopposed as no other contender was in the fray.  The 60-year-old veteran succeeds R C Faldu who headed the party in the state for two terms. Hailing from Jain Baniya community, Rupani has scaled the party rungs from being a grass-root worker and was jailed at the age of 22 during the Emergency. He had a term in the Rajya Sabha from 2006-12 and served as mayor of Rajkot city.

  Addressing party workers after his election, Rupani exhorted them to work hard to achieve the goal of winning the assembly polls next year.

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