First-time BJP MLA Bhupendra Patel to succeed Vijay Rupani as chief minister of Gujarat
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The BJP on Sunday named first-time MLA Bhupendra Patel as the next chief minister of Gujarat, a day after Vijay Rupani stepped down from the post.
The announcement of his name and unanimous election was completed at a legislative party meeting at state party headquarters Kamalam earlier in the day. Bhupendra Patel's name was reportedly proposed by Vijay Rupani himself.

Bhupendra Patel won the 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections from Ghatlodia constituency, defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel.

Earlier, he served as a municipal councillor in Ahmedabad. He has been the chairman of Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) and used to head the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation standing committee.

Patel is an engineer by education. He belongs to the Patidar community.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated Bhupendra Patel on his appointment as Gujarat chief minister and said he will infuse new energy and momentum into the state's development journey.

"Hearty congratulations and best wishes to…
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