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Vijay Rupani
16th Chief Minister of Gujarat
In office
7 August 2016 – 12 September 2021
Preceded byAnandiben Patel
Succeeded byBhupendrabhai Patel
Cabinet Minister
Government of Gujarat
In office
19 November 2014 – 7 August 2016
Minister of Transport19 November 2014 - 7 August 2016
Minister of Labour & Employment19 November 2014 - 7 August 2016
Minister of Water Supply19 November 2014 - 7 August 2016
Member of Gujarat Legislative Assembly
In office
19 October 2014 – 8 December 2022
Preceded byVajubhai Vala
Succeeded byDarshita Shah
ConstituencyRajkot West
Member of Parliament
Rajya Sabha
In office
25 July 2006 – 24 July 2012
President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Gujarat
In office
February 2016 – August 2016
Preceded byR. C. Faldu
Succeeded byJitu Vaghani
Mayor of Rajkot Municipal Corporation
In office
Personal details
Vijay Ramniklal Rupani

(1956-08-02) 2 August 1956 (age 67)[2]
Rangoon, Union of Burma (present-day Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
National Democratic Alliance
SpouseAnjali Rupani
Residence(s)Rajkot, India,
Alma materSaurashtra University (BA, LLB)

Vijaybhai Ramniklalbhai Rupani (born 2 August 1956) is an Indian politician who served as the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2016 to 2021 for two terms. He was a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly, representing Rajkot West.[3] He is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party.

Early life[edit]

Vijay Rupani was born to Mayaben and Ramniklal Rupani, in Yangon, Myanmar to a Jain Bania family.[4][5] He was the seventh and youngest son of the couple.[6] His family moved to Rajkot in 1960 due to political instability in Burma. He studied Bachelor of Arts from Dharmendrasinhji Arts College and LLB from Saurashtra University.[2][3][7][8]


Business career[edit]

Vijay Rupani is a partner in a trading firm Rasiklal & Sons, founded by his father.[6] He had worked as a stock broker.[6]

Political career[edit]

The Vice President, Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat administering oath of office to Shri Vijay Kumar Ramnik Lal Rupani (Gujarat), newly elected Rajya Sabha MP, in New Delhi on April 20, 2006

Vijay Rupani started his career as student activist associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).[5] He joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and subsequently joined Jan Sangh in 1971. He has been associated with Bharatiya Janta Party since its establishment.[4][5][8] He was imprisoned for 11 months and was sent to the jails in Bhuj and Bhavnagar during the Emergency in 1976.[5][8] He was a Pracharak of RSS from 1978 to 1981. He was elected as a corporator of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) in 1987 and became the chairman of drainage committee. He became the chairman of standing committee of RMC from 1988 to 1996. He was again elected to RMC in 1995. He served as the mayor of Rajkot from 1996 to 1997. He became BJP's Gujarat unit general secretary in 1998 and served as the chairman of manifesto committee during chief ministership of Keshubhai Patel. He was appointed a chairman of Gujarat Tourism in 2006. He was a member of Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2012.[5][8] He served as BJP's Gujarat unit general secretary four times and chairman of the Gujarat Municipal Finance Board in 2013 during the chief ministership of Narendra Modi.[7][8][9]

In August 2014, when Vajubhai Vala, the incumbent speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly, resigned as the MLA from Rajkot West,[10] Vijay Rupani was nominated by the BJP to contest his vacant seat.[3] He won the bypoll on 19 October 2014 by a huge margin.[4][7][11]

He was inducted as minister in the first cabinet expansion by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel in November 2014[12] and held the ministry of transport, water supply, labor and employment.[4][5][8]

On 19 February 2016, Rupani became the state BJP president, replacing R. C. Faldu.[7][8] He was the BJP state president from February 2016 to August 2016.[13][14]

Chief Minister (2016–2021)[edit]

He succeeded Anandiben Patel and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on 7 August 2016.[15][16][17][18] In the 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election, he retained Rajkot West constituency defeating the Indian National Congress candidate Indranil Rajyaguru.[19] He was unanimously elected as the leader of legislature party on 22 December 2017 and continued as the Chief Minister of Gujarat with Nitin Patel as the Deputy Chief Minister.[20][21][22] On 11 September 2021, he resigned from the post of Chief Minister.[23] He was succeeded by Bhupendra Patel.[24]


In 2011, Vijay Rupani HUF sold shares worth about 35000 ($500) in Sarang Chemicals in a single transaction which were purchased in 2009 at about 63000, worth $1000, making a loss. The SEBI, the regulator, had charged 22 entities, including Vijay Rupani relative, for "manipulative trades" by pump and dump. In November 2017, the SEBI issued ex parte order imposing a penalty of 150000 or $3000 to Vijay Rupani HUF for creating misleading appearance in the stocks. Vijay Rupani HUF pleaded that the penalty was imposed without giving opportunity to be heard. The SEBI said that the entity had failed to file reply to their show cause notice in time. Later the Securities Appellate Tribunal set aside the penalty order and asked the SEBI to issue fresh order and hear all the entities.[25][26][27]

Personal life[edit]

Vijay Rupani is married to Anjali, who is also a member of the BJP women's wing.[6] The couple have a son, Rushabh, who is an engineering graduate, as well as a daughter, Radhika, who is married. The couple lost their youngest son Pujit in an accident and have started the Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust for charity.[6][28][29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gujarat CM resigns, all eyes on MLAs' meet to select Pollard's successor". The Economic Times. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Vijay Rupani: Member's Web Site". Internet Archive. 30 September 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT". Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "How Vijay Rupani pipped Nitin Patel to become Gujarat chief minister", The Times of India, 5 August 2016
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Saurashtra strongman Vijay Rupani in Gujarat Cabinet". Economic Times. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Vijay Rupani: A swayamsevak, stock broker and founder of a trust for poor". Indian Express. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d "Vijay Rupani: A swayamsevak, stock broker and founder of a trust for poor". The Indian Express. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "How Vijay Rupani pipped Nitin Patel to become Gujarat chief minister". The Times of India. 5 August 2016. Archived from the original on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  9. ^ "BJP set to win all 26 Gujarat Lok Sabha seats: Vijay Rupani". Business Standard. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala to take oath as Karnataka Guv on Sept 1". One India News. 30 August 2014. Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Guj bypoll: BJP wins Rajkot-West Assembly seat". Business Standard. PTI. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel expands ministry, inducts 4 new ministers". The Indian Express. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  13. ^ Bureau, ET (20 February 2016). "Gujarat BJP declared Vijay Rupani as new president". The Economic Times. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  14. ^ Online, FE (10 August 2016). "Jitu Vaghani appointed as the BJP State President for Gujarat". The Financial Express. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Vijay Rupani sworn-in as the 16th chief minister of Gujarat; Nitin Patel Deputy CM". Firstpost. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Vijay Rupani to succeed Anandiben Patel as Gujarat CM, Nitin Patel to be his deputy". The Economic Times. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Vijay Rupani named Gujarat chief minister; Nitin Patel to be deputy CM". The Times of India. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Unseen Photos Of Gujarat New Chief Minister Vijay Rupani". Divya Bhaskar. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  19. ^ PTI (18 December 2017). "Gujarat elections: Chief minister Vijay Rupani wins from Rajkot West". Live Mint. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  20. ^ "BJP Picks Status Quo In Gujarat. Vijay Rupani Stays Chief Minister". NDTV.com. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  21. ^ "BJP retains Vijay Rupani as CM in Gujarat, but is undecided in Himachal Pradesh". The Indian Express. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM - INDToday". indtoday.com.
  23. ^ "After Vijay Rupani Stunner, BJP in a Huddle; New Guj CM to Take Oath Monday?". 11 September 2021.
  24. ^ "BJP MLA Bhupendra Patel named new Gujarat chief minister". The Times of India. 12 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  25. ^ Choudhary, Shrimi (9 November 2017). "SAT asks Sebi to hear all parties before decision in Sarang Chemicals case". Business Standard India. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  26. ^ Choudhary, Shrimi. "Rupani Case: SAT Asks SEBI to Hear All Parties Before Decision". thewire.in. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  27. ^ "No wrongdoing in transactions: Vijay Rupani". The Hindu. 10 November 2017. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  28. ^ "From RSS cadre to CM". Deccan Herald. 8 August 2016. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  29. ^ "રૂપાણીએ 15 વર્ષ પહેલાં રાજકારણ છોડી દીધું હતું, કોણ તેમને પાછું રાજકારણમાં લઈ આવ્યું ? જાણો". ABP Asmita News. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.

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