Gujarat BJP meeting: A meeting of newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) legislators was conducted today (December 10) in Gujarat's Gandhinagar. In the meeting, chief-minister designate Bhupendra Patel was elected as the leader of the legislative party. According to reports, Pardo MLA Kanu Desai proposed his name, which got the approval of all the MLAs unanimously.
Meanwhile, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Arjun Munda also participated in the meeting as "central observers."
Patel, along with BJP State president CR Patil, will visit to New Delhi after being elected as the leader of the legislative party. During his visit, Patel will give formal invitations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the party's national general secretary BL Santish to attend his oath-taking ceremony on Monday, December 12.
Speaking to the media ahead of the meeting, newly-elected MLA Hardik Patel said that once again BJP has formed Govt and this is to see how Gujarat becomes strong and goes ahead in the next 5-10 years. "I don't know, I've played the role of a mere soldier from the beginning. I'll accept whatever role the party assigns me," he said on being asked about the cabinet berth.
The Opposition tried to defame people of Gujarat to win elections: Harsh Sanghvi
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Harsh Sanghvi said the Opposition left no stone unturned to defame the people of Gujarat to win elections but the public gave them a reply. "These elections were not for power, these polls were for relations and trust. In these polls, BJP won once again," he added.
BJP records landslide victory in Gujarat assembly elections
It should be mentioned here that the BJP recorded a thumping victory in Gujarat winning 156 out of the total 182 seats. The party's main rival, Congress could only get 17 seats new entrant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) managed to get five seats, others four.
Notably, the election campaign in the state was led by PM Modi, who had urged voters to give a record-breaking majority to the party in the state.
The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for 27 years but it never registered such a record-shattering victory in state Assembly elections. The saffron party has not only bettered its own 2002 tally, it has also surpassed the best performance by any party in Gujarat.