A direct message that the BJP is now looking beyond Patels – Patels may be influential but they are just 12-15 percent of the Gujarat population.
Minority (Muslim) and SC voters form another 25 percent. So, that gives the BJP enough space to maneuver for the OBC voters who form the largest chunk of the population – almost 50 percent.
First not succumbing to the Patel agitation pressure – and then not appointing a Patel CM – enough messages to the OBC voters.
Vijay Rupani, the Gujarat CM designate is a career RSS veteran even if he is the first time MLA. When Narendra Modi was made Gujarat CM in 2001, he also had no significant administration of running the political offices of a government. So, there is a precedent and Rupani will face no acceptability problem.
It also shows who is going to be the boss in the next assembly polls scheduled for December 2017 – Amit Shah.
Rupani is seen close to Amit Shah while Anandiben and Amit Shah are bitter rivals. So, it will be basically Amit Shah now who will wield the real power.