- Vijay Rupani quit after being Chief Minister for five years
- Because of being soft spoken, his image had become that of a weak CM.
- Vijay Rupani government failed to deal with the second wave of Corona
Vijay Rupani, who resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat, came to power on 7 August 2016 in place of Anandiben Patel. He resigned on Saturday after sitting in the chair for five years. Political analysts believe that Vijay Rupani has been known as a soft-spoken chief minister. Due to this characteristic, his image became that of a weak CM. The bureaucrats continued to ignore the political leadership in taking important decisions.
Some critics also believe that the way Rupani failed to deal with the second wave of the corona epidemic and the economic and social problems that followed, he also had to step down. Last year many lives were lost in the state due to Corona. The negligence of the government officials came to the fore behind this. There was outrage among the general public about the continuous deaths.
Some important works also got recognition
In his second term, Rupani, who resigned nearly a year and a half before the Gujarat elections in December next year, was instrumental in passing a tough anti-conversion law against inter-religious marriages. He also played a role in bringing laws to take action against those involved in cow slaughter. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the face of the BJP in Gujarat during the campaign for the last Lok Sabha elections, but Rupani, who hails from the minority Jain community, took charge of the party’s campaign.
First time MLA in 2014
Born in Rangoon (now Yangon, Myanmar), Vijay Rupani started attending the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) shakha during his school days. After graduating, he joined the BJP while working in the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student organization of the RSS. Rupani became the Chief Minister of the state for the first time in 2016. Prior to that he worked for the party organization most of the time in Gujarat and contested assembly elections for the first time in 2014 and won by-elections from Rajkot West.
Rupani, who was also the president of BJP Gujarat
Rupani returned to the chief minister’s chair in 2017 despite an anti-incumbency and violent reservation agitation by the Patidar community. A law student, Rupani was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2012. When he was the chairman of Gujarat Tourism Development Corporation in 2006, a hugely successful advertising campaign titled Khushboo Gujarat was launched to promote tourism in the state, which also featured actor Amitabh Bachchan. Rupani was made the President of BJP Gujarat on 19 February 2016.
1 year jail sentence in emergency
When Gujarat’s first and only woman chief minister Anandiben Patel resigned in August 2016 amid allegations of not handling the agitations of the Patidar and Dalit communities, Rupani took over the reins of the state. Rupani showed political prowess in the Gujarat Navnirman movement in 1974 during his student days. This campaign was run by students and middle class against corruption in public life and economic crisis. At that time, Rupani, who was associated with the ABVP, was in jail for about a year during the Emergency. He garnered the support of the people of the city by improving civic amenities as the Mayor of Rajkot in 1996-97.
Rupani had to leave the chair