In an unexpected political development, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday tendered his resignation from the post, a year before the state Assembly elections. Rupani, who completed five years in office on August 7 this year, submitted his resignation to governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhavan.
Interacting with media persons outside Raj Bhavan after tendering his resignation, Rupani said, “I am resigning from the post of the Chief Minister. I thank PM Modi and the party for giving me an opportunity to work for five years.”
When asked about his sudden resignation, Rupani said, “It is a natural process in our party. The party worker gets different responsibilities at different times. We do not call it a post, we call it a responsibility. Now, I will shoulder whatever responsibility the party gives me.”
Rupani was sworn in as CM in 2016, replacing Anandiben Patel. The party had won the last Assembly elections in 2017 under his leadership.