Rupani meets PM Narendra Modi in Delhi

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on the second day of his two-day Delhi visit called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

‘Called on Shri Narendra Modi – Honorable Prime Minister of India and discussed various issues related to Gujarat’s growth. His passion for development inspires,’tweeted Rupani after the meeting with Modi.

Rupani also met BJP president Amit Shah in the morning. Yesterday he called on the President and Vice President. After his reelection as Chief Minister of Gujarat this was formal courtesy visit by Rupani to the President, Vice President and Prime Minister.

The official note released by Rupani’s office states, ‘Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
The Chief Minister had arrived in New Delhi yesterday and paid courtesy visits to the President and Vice-President. Today, Mr. Rupani had met the Prime Minister.’

Gujarat is likely to face shortage of water in upcoming summer. Though drinking water availability is not likely to be an issue, the management of available water and its supply upto village level will be challenging for the State. If upcoming monsoon season fails, the State will be in trouble for drinking water too. Gujarat will witness start of budget session of assembly next week. With this, the election of Speaker and later the Deputy Speaker of the assembly will also take place. There’s scope and possibility of tweak in the cabinet in near future. Koli community leader and minister of state Parshottam Solanki is seeking better portfolio, which Chief Minister has promised him. MLAs from Vadodara also seek representation of the city in cabinet. There’s no clarity on whether parliamentary secretaries(status equal to deputy minister) can be appointed or not after the Supreme Court order last year. Some key portfolios that are essential for State’s progress are with Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who is independent in nature and doesn’t seem to enjoy desired level of sync with Chief Minister. While caste agitations are silent at present, as there’s no election approaching soon in Gujarat, the Congress party through proxy organizations is in efforts to build farmers agitation over irrigation water in summer. Congress through proxies is also in attempt to build Koli community agitation against the government pressing it for community’s better representation in cabinet. General election of Lok Sabha is scheduled to take place next year. There are several major development projects likely to complete or kick off in upcoming months. Some others like Surat railway station or granting of international airport status to Surat airport or Girnar ropeway etc are not progressing for one or other reason. Rajya Sabha elections for three seats of Gujarat are approaching in next two months. Congress has gain of one seat due to increased number of MLAs post assembly election and therefore BJP will need to field one of three union ministers from elsewhere.

Rupani might have discussed some of these and more issues related to Gujarat with the Prime Minister who is guiding figure for the State.

The next visit of Prime Minister Modi to Gujarat is scheduled to take place on 25th of this month. Both Modi and Rupani will be in Surat to flag off the night marathon.


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