Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP had decided to accept Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel's decision to quit. "She will tender her resignation to Governor," Naidu said.
Amid speculations that party chief Amit Shah may be asked to take over the reins in Gujarat, the BJP central leadership made it clear that a state MLA would be assigned the job, adding two observers—Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pandey—are being sent to the state to hold talks with the legislators.
Talking to the media after the parliamentary party meeting, Naidu said a meeting of the Gujarat legislators would be held, in which a decision regarding the new chief minister would be taken.
“Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pandey will attend the meeting. They will hold talks with the MLAs and others there and together they will decide the chief minister,” he said.
Naidu also made it clear that there was no question of appointing the BJP president as the Gujarat chief minister.
“Amit Shah will be part of the meeting and will consult everyone about selecting the (next) leader. There is no question of Amit Shah, he is the national president,” he said.
The Union Minister praised Anandiben Patel for her decision to step down as the Gujarat chief minister citing age.
Stating this decision would send a good message to the party workers, Naidu also informed that Anandiben would submit her resignation to the Governor today.
“The parliamentary board has accepted her wish after discussion. It has praised her for her leadership over all these years in different posts,” he said.