Vijay Rupani becomes 4th BJP CM to quit in last 6 months
New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party faced another resignation from a CM on Saturday when Vijay Rupani announced that he is quitting from his post in Gujarat. With this he has become the fourth CM to quit within last six months.
Mr Rupani resigned from his post one year ahead of the scheduled state assembly elections in Gujarat, which has now become a matter of prestige for BJP.
Before him Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa has resigned from the post; after which Tirath Singh Rawat had quit within four months of replacing Trivendra Rawat in Uttarakhand.
Both Gujarat and Uttarakhand will go for polls next year.
BS Yediyurappa resigned following resentment against him and his son, and unrelenting calls for his removal by a section of the party's state unit. In Uttarakhand, the party was forced to replace Trivendra Rawat after similarly fierce opposition from within its ranks.
His successor - Tirath Singh Rawat - was not a viable replacement either.
Earlier Mr Rupani was quoted as saying he had decided to resign "to further develop the state, with new energy and power". He also thanked the Prime Minister for his guidance.
With Vijay Rupani quitting from his post, the ruling BJP has left with three options – announce a successor, conduct early elections in the state, or leave the state under President's rule.
According to news reports, BJP has no plans of conducting early elections, which means a new successor may be announced soon.