BJP President Amit Shah on Friday said that the party’s parliamentary board will decide on the replacement for Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who has offered to resign.
Soon after Patel went public with her offer to quit, Shah said she wanted her replacement to get adequate time to prepare for Vibrant Gujarat summit to be held in January 2017 and the assembly polls later next year.
He said Patel had twice offered to resign and also broached the issue in the party’s National Executive meet in June and wrote to him again today morning.
Referring to reasons, including that she will turn 75 in November, cited by her to quit, he said she has set a “good” precedent.
“She has requested the party to relieve her of the post. I will place the letter she has written to me before the Parliamentary Board and it will take a decision,” Shah told PTI.
“She has said that if a new person has to be brought in, then he should get time. Gujarat elections have to take place and there is also Vibrant Gujarat summit, which has been a long tradition, to be held in January. She said if Vibrant Gujarat has to happen in January, then new person should get the opportunity now,” he said.
Asked about the replacement for Patel, he said the parliamentary board will decide on the new chief minister.