Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday resigned from the post, over a year before the state goes to polls.

Elections are scheduled in December 2022 to elect 182 members of the Gujarat Assembly.

Rupani (65) was sworn in as chief minister his second stint as CM – in December 2017.

“I have resigned as chief minister of Gujarat,” Rupani told reporters after meeting Governor Acharya Devvrat and submitting his resignation letter.

“I was given the opportunity to serve the state for five years. I will further do whatever is asked by my party,” Rupani said.

“… has been a five-year journey for the development of Gujarat… under the guidance of PM Modi. Now, to further develop the state, with new energy and power, I have decided to resign as Chief Minister,” Rupani was quoted by news agency ANI.

“It is well known that BJP, as a party, keeps changing as per requirements… it is a speciality of our party that every worker delivers his/her assigned job to the fullest, and I too will continue to work for the party with the same energy,” he added.

Rupani’s resignation was followed by that of his cabinet in a stunning twist.

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