Vijay Rupani resigned as Chief Minister of Gujarat on Saturday evening in an unexpected move ahead of elections in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state late next year.
Mr Rupani’s resignation was followed by that of his entire cabinet in a stunning twist that leaves the ruling BJP with three options appoint a successor (and new cabinet), allow the state to come under President’s Rule or have an Assembly election much earlier than scheduled.
It is unclear at this time what precipitated Mr Rupani’s resignation, but sources have suggested it is a “course correction” by a BJP eager to change things around if it feels unsure in its state leadership.
The party’s strategy, it appears, is simple – ‘if there is any resentment against state leadership, sort it out now’. There are recent examples – Karnataka and Uttarakhand.