Protege named CM, ‘Big Ben’ likely to be back in the driver’s seat in Gujarat politics | India News

GANDHINAGAR: One thing was clear when Ghatlodia MLA Bhupendra Patel was named as next CM of Gujarat – ‘Big Ben’ Anandiben Patel, UP governor, who had to quit the top post in 2016 in the aftermath of a violent quota stir led by Hardik Patel and Dalit agitation in the wake of the flogging of youths in Una, is back in the driver’s seat in Gujarat politics.

Bhupendra is known to be a close supporter of Anandiben’s group and reportedly shares a more than three decade long and strong professional relationship with Ben. He is remembered to be at Ben’s side always during her political career as an MLA and later as minister and CM.
In Bhupendra’s nomination to helm the top post after the exit of Vijay Rupani, local political leaders see a clear hand of Ben. In fact, leaders aver that Bhupendra got lucky as his name got the stamp of approval of Union home minister Amit Shah as well.

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