The BJP won 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly, the first time its tally slipped below hundred since 1995, while challenger Congress clocked its best in many years, clinching 77.More news: Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC Grows Holdings in Henry Schein, Inc. (HSIC)
Sitharaman and Tomar later returned to Delhi after meeting the Himachal party leaders but without arriving at a consensus among the MLAs.
Chief Minister Rupani and Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel had already tendered their resignations to Governor OP Kohli after BJP's Gujarat election victory. While senior leader Jairam Thakur is said to be leading the race, party stalwart and former CM P.K. Dhumal's name is also doing the rounds despite his losing the Assembly election. The meeting at Kamalam, the party head office here at Gandhinagar, was convened by Jitu Vaghani, the BJP state unit president. Supporters of both leaders shouted slogans against each other's leader. With the BJP's seats tally falling short of Shah's claim of 150 seats, speculation was rife this week as to whether BJP would choose to continue with Rupani as the leader. BJP National General Secretary Bhupinder Yadav was also present. Former chief minister Anandiben Patel, who could be promoted as a governor, also attended the discussions. "A proposal to elect Rupani as leader of state BJP legislature party and Patel as deputy leader of state legislature party has been adopted", Jaitley told a press conference.More news: Ruling stocks that monarchs the market Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE:CXO)
Indicating that he owed his selection to Shah, Rupani thanked the central leadership for "once again giving me the opportunity to serve the state" and said his government, aided by the leadership of Nitin Patel, would follow Narendra Modi's development model of " sabka saath, sabka vikas (support of all, development for all)". "Humbled and honoured indeed".
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