Ahmedabad (Gujarat): Bhupendra Patel, the current Chief Minister of Gujarat, filed his nomination from Ghatlodia Assembly seat on Wednesday.
Hours before, while addressing a rally in Gujarat, a confident Union Home Minister Amit Shah, declared Bhupendra Patel as the next CM of the state.
“Today with me is the next Chief Minister of Gujarat after the election,” Amit Shah said while addressing a public gathering in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad along with Bhupendra Patel.
Bhupendra Patel, who is also the current CM of Gujarat is set to file his nomination papers today.
Earlier on Tuesday, Union Home Minister expressed his trust in the BJP forming government in the Assembly elections slated to be held in two phases in early December and said that the party will “break all records and win with the most number of seats”.
Shah, during his conversation with media persons on Tuesday, hailed the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and said that they are giving pace to the developmental work in the state.
The Home Minister also mentioned the law and order situation and said that it has improved in the state.
“The leadership of PM Modi and CM Patel is giving pace to development work. Gujarat’s law and order situation has improved, state’s economy has grown. PM Modi’s development model for Dalits, tribals and OBC community of Gujarat is being followed by CM Patel,” he said on November 15.
Shah in his address also mentioned the communal riots in the state from 1985 to 1995 and said that today’s generation in Gujarat “might not know the meaning of curfew”.
“This is the same Gujarat which saw a lot of communal riots from 1985 to 1995. And now, even if you ask a small kid about curfew, he might not know its meaning,” Shah said.
He further attacked Congress for coming with “new clothes” and asked how their work was visible in Gujarat when they have not worked in the state since 1990.
“Congress has come wearing new clothes, I have seen posters all over Gujarat, stating ‘Congress nu Kam bole chhe’ (Congress’ work is speaking). If they have not ruled since 1990, how is their work speaking?” Shah mocked.
Evidently, Congress is hoping to put its best electoral foot forward to unseat the BJP government, which has been in the state for the last 27 years. Gujarat is considered a BJP bastion.
The ruling party is seeking its seventh, straight term in power in the ensuing state polls.
However, it faces a stiff electoral challenge from the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has named Isudan Gadhvi as its chief ministerial candidate.