Senior Gujarat minister Anandiben Patel, always the heir apparent to Narendra Modi, is expected to be formally anointed chief minister on Wednesday. Modi will relinquish office earlier in the day at a one-day special session of the Gujarat assembly, marking the end of an era in Gujarat politics of over 12 years.
Modi is scheduled to hold a large public rally in Maninagar on Tuesday evening to bid an emotional farewell to voters of his assembly constituency who elected him successively in 2002, 2007 and 2012. In the afternoon, the BJP
legislature party will meet to elect a new leader where decks have been cleared for Anandiben.
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