Narendra Modi picks new leader to stabilise Gujarat Vijay Rupani (left) being sworn in as chief minister of Gujarat
Eastern Eye Staff
Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed a party loyalist on Friday (August 5) to lead his home state of Gujarat in an effort to broaden his support base ahead of crucial state elections next year. The decision to appoint Vijay Rupani, the president of his party in the western state and a member of the minority Jain community, as Gujarat chief minister surprised many, who had expected Modi to name a representative from a powerful clan that staged violent protests last year. Instead, Modi picked Nitin Patel, a member of the upper-caste Patel, or Patidar, community that took to the…
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