Gujarat CM: Nitin Patel may replace Anandiben Patel

New Delhi: The name of the next Chief Minister of Gujarat to succeed Anandiben Patel would be announced today even as BJP president Amit Shah today held intensive deliberations with party leaders to finalise the candidate. 

BJP's parliamentary board accepted Anandiben Patel's offer to resign at its meeting in Delhi, paving the way for appointment of a new Chief Minister to lead the party in 2017 Assembly polls.

State BJP president Vijay Rupani said at the end of the day's meetings that the name of the new chief minister will be announced at a meeting of state BJP MLAs on Friday at 4 pm.

Health Minister Nitin Patel, considered to be the front-runner for the job, was also present during Shah's meeting with Rupani. When asked by reporters whether he would accept the post of CM, Patel evaded a direct answer but said, "Whoever is chosen by the party, we all will work together."

News24 Bureau