The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced the name of Vijay Rupani as the next chief minister of Gujarat, with Nitin Patel as Deputy Chief Minister.
Decision was taken at a meeting of the BJP legislature party chaired by national party president Amit Shah with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and MP Saroj Pandey as observers.
Anandiben Patel had announced her resignation in a surprise Facebook post on Monday.
Vijay Rupani is presently the party's Gujarat unit president, while Health Minister and State Government spokesperson Nitin Patel is a grassroots rustic Patel leader.
The announcement of his name has come as a surprise since Nitin Patel was being presumed the final choice.