The BJP legislature party in Gujarat is likely to meet on Sunday with Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi and Narendra Singh Tomar as observers to oversee the appointment of the next Chief Minister of Gujarat after Vijay Rupani resigned from the top post on Saturday.

Joshi and Tomar reached Gujarat on Sunday morning for a legislative party meeting at the party headquarters at 3 pm. BJP general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh and Gujarat state in-charge Bhupender Yadav are already in the state, consulting leaders over the exercise. According to reports, the new Chief Minister is likely to be announced after today’s meeting.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah may join the legislature party meeting along with central observers, Gujarat BJP spokesperson Yamal Vyas said according to news agency PTI.

Also read: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani resigns, thanks PM Narendra Modi

Among the names doing the rounds as likely replacement for Rupani are outgoing Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Administrator of Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep Praful Patel and outgoing Cabinet Minister and former State party chief RC Faldu.

Vyas was speaking to reporters on Saturday after a meeting of senior leaders, including national general secretary BL Santhosh and Union minister Bhupender Yadav at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in Gandhinagar. "The BJP legislature party is likely to meet on Sunday, but we will be able to confirm this once the central parliamentary board conveys the exact time of the meeting to us. All BJP MLAs will attend the meeting along with central observers," Vyas was quoted as saying by PTI.

Putting in his papers, Rupani, who took over as the chief minister in August 2016 and continued as the CM after the 2017 elections was the longest serving Chief Minister of Gujarat. 

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