Vijay Rupani is the new Chief Minister of Gujarat. He has replaced Anandi Ben Patel. He was preferred over powerful state BJP leader Nitin Patel, who has been designated as the Deputy Chief Minister. The elevation of Vijay Rupani is little bit shocking, but not out of logic. The party can’t afford to lose the upcoming Assembly Election and needs a face which can unite the party. It has to see that Patel community can’t go away from it, but also to retain the support base among other communities. The Dalit issues are already being given disproportionate media coverage and hence a honest and clean leader at the helm was required. Vijay Rupani filled that slot.
Profile of Vijay Rupani
Vijay Rupani was born on 2nd August 1956 in Rangoon, the then Capital of Myanmar. He deputy Nitin Patel is just two months older than him. His father Ramnik Lal Rupani was a well-known social worker of Gujarat. He belongs to Jain-Bania caste.
Vijay Rupani was associated with Safron organizations from his school days. He became an active member of ABVP during graduation and later worked for RSS. He was also a member of Jan Sangh.
In fact, Vijay Rupani is one of the very few state BJP leaders who have been jailed during the emergency. He was quite close to Lal Krishna Advani. However, there is no role of Advani in his elevation.
He has served the party at various positions, including a stint in the Rajya Sabha. After winning the Rajkot West bye election in 2014, he was inducted into the Anandi Ben Cabinet. His work as a transport minister during last two years was worth appreciating. He had also been the mayor of Rajkot which he had won in 1996.
|Vijay with wife Anjali Rupani|
In February, 2016, Vijay Rupani was selected as the President of Gujarat BJP. At that time also, the high command of the party preferred for him to keep off factionalism and issues of social unrest. Vijay Rupani is widely regarded as a person who is loved by all communities of Gujarat, including Patidar similar to the widespread acceptability of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Family of Vijay Rupani
Vijay Rupani is married to Anjali Rupani. He has one son and one daughter. Son Rushabh Rupani has studied from Nirma University, while his daughter Radhika Rupani is living in London with her husband. His second son Pujit died 12 years ago at the age of 3 years. In the memory of the loving son, Vijay Rupani runs a trust named Pujit Trust. Through this trust, Vijay had helped thousands of poor kids and old age persons.