Gujarat CM resigned a year before state elections

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani resigned on Saturday in an unexpected turn of events ahead of an Assembly election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state later next year.

Mr Rupani’s resignation (and, by default, his cabinet’s) leaves the ruling BJP with three options – appoint a successor, allow the state to come under President’s Rule, or have an early election.

Sources have said Mansukh Mandaviya, sworn in as the Union Health Minister in July, and Nitin Patel, who was Mr Rupani’s deputy, are possible replacements. Another possibility, is Praful Khoda Patel, who is currently the Administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep.