Ahmedabad: After winning the Gujarat assembly elections, though with a narrow margin, the new “Jay-Viru” jodi that has become the talk of the town in the state’s politics is chief minister Vijay Rupani and deputy chief minister Nitin Patel.

The duo not only dealt with the angry young men and emerging politicians of Gujarat—Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mewani and Alpesh Thakor—but also weathered the bashing from the anti-incumbency prevalent in communities such as farmers, the Patidars and the Other Backward Classes (OBC), among others.

The bottom line is they managed the victory and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be forming the government in Gujarat for the sixth consecutive term.

According to highly placed sources in the Gujarat BJP, the high command has all plans to repeat this well-coordinated jodi with the same designations in order to create a positive wave among Gujaratis and get their lost pride (read: the loss of seats in the elections) back.

Arun Jaitley, the Union finance minister who was also the BJP’s election in-charge for Gujarat, will be visiting Ahmedabad along with the party’s general secretary Saroj Pandey. Both are observers for the selection of the Gujarat chief minister.

Both Jaitley and Pandey will hold the party’s parliamentary meeting on Friday and will meet the members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) to take their opinion, along with other discussions. Following the meeting, they will be reporting to the “high command about the interaction.”

There are high chances that the BJP high command may declare the new chief minister name on Friday night and on 25 December the cabinet will be announced by the chief minister, after consultation with the high command.

Interestingly, in the selection of the new cabinet, both Rupani and Patel’s roles are seen as vital.

Though the BJP won 99 seats in the 182-member Gujarat assembly, there was a major loss in the seats in the Saurashtra region, followed by other areas. In the 2012 Gujarat assembly elections, the BJP bagged 115 seats, which means a loss of 16 seats.

On the other hand, the Gujarat Congress improved its performance and swiped 77 seats against the score of 61 in 2012.

Considering this sensitive situation, political analysts believe the BJP won’t take chance by appointing someone from outside Gujarat like Smriti Irani, the Union minister who was elected as a member of Parliament from Gujarat in August.

According to analysts, the Rupani-Patel jodi has proved that it can work in better coordination, which it was needed the most, following Anandiben Patel’s resignation following the Una Dalit atrocity and the Patidar reservation movement.

These ministers proved to be the Jay-Viru jodi who smartly distributed the work, wherein Patel managed the Patidar agitation whereas Rupani kept busy in administration and policy issues, along with coordination with the high command in Delhi.

The most crucial factor for the success of this duo is though Nitin Patel is said to be in Anandiben Patel’s lobby and Rupani is a part of Amit Shah’s lobby, they never entered into a conflict and maintained respect for each other.

Another factor for repeating this duo is the caste factor. While Rupani is from the Jain community, Patel represents the Patidar community. Therefore, they cater to larger caste sentiments of society.

Both the seats—Rajkot (West) and Mehsana—had experienced major anti-incumbency. Still, Rupani and Nitin Patel won the seats by 53,755 votes and 7,137 votes, respectively.

Hence, it will be no surprise if this duo is repeated as the chief minister and deputy chief minister of Gujarat and they rock the assembly with their great tuning, which is getting better with every passing day.

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