Naidu rules out Amit Shah's name as next Gujarat CM

New Delhi:  The BJP Parliamentary Board meeting took place here on Wednesday at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence and discussed the issue of Anandiben Patel who dramatically quit on Monday. The party also cleared the speculation on party president Amit Shah being appointed as the next Chief Minister of Gujarat after Anandiben Patel's resignation. "There is no such consultation going on in the party. He (Amit Shah) is party's national president and under his leadership the party has reached great heights. The party needs his leadership. The CM will be from the existing legislators", said Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu after the BJP's parliamentary board meeting. Naidu informed that Shah would be present in the meeting of legislature party to be held in Gujarat on Thursday to decide the next chief minister of Gujarat. "He will preside over the meeting of state legislature party and hold consultation with the stakeholders to decide on the next chief minister of Gujarat," Naidu told reporters here. Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari and national general secretary Saroj Pandey would also be present in the meeting as central observers. Calling Anandiben Patel an "inspiration" for many across the country, Naidu said that she headed the government in "satisfactory" manner.

"Anandiben Patel's resignation has been accepted by BJP Parliamentary board. She will go to Raj Bhavan today and submit her resignation to the Governor,” said Naidu.