Incessant rain lashed Rajkot throughout the first half of the day on Sunday, when Prakash Society stood quiet and abandoned, even because the state waited with bated breath to know the successor of Vijay Rupani, essentially the most outstanding resident of this residential colony.
The storm drenched a BJP flag hoisted on the chief minister’s private residence and compelled neighbours to stay indoors. Occasional passers-by barely had time to forged glances at a Rangoon creeper-covered small gate to the CM’s home. Doorways of a lot of the homes on this middle-class neighbourhood on the luxurious Nirmala Convent Street have been shut.
“Sir (Vijay Rupani) has not come right here in an extended whereas. However bahen (Rupani’s spouse Anjali) comes usually. She was right here until Tuesday and left that morning… nobody from the household has come right here since,” one of many two policemen guarding the CM’s residence mentioned whereas searching for shelter within the porch of the row-house because it poured closely.
“A typical Jain, he by no means meant hurt to anybody nor did he commit any wrongs. However large boys have made their resolution and he has to go away. This isn’t only a loss for our society or Rajkot, however for the whole state. An excellent man is being proven the door,” mentioned Nayan Shah, an Ayurveda practitioner and Rupani’s next-door neighbour for 30 years.
“Politicians from north and south Gujarat areas may by no means digest the truth that a person from Saurashtra had change into the CM. Related was the case when Keshubhai Patel grew to become CM,” Shah, 68, mentioned.
Earlier than Rupani grew to become the CM, it was regular for the Rupanis and the Shahs to sometimes meet over breakfast regardless of their hectic schedule. The Shahs have saved of their cellphones pictures of the CM attending their grandson’s birthday do a few years in the past.
“His simplicity will be gauged from the very fact that previously 5 years he by no means made the policemen ask anybody to take away a scooter or bike from the road,” Shah mentioned, including he dialled Rupani on Sunday morning for a “informal dialog”.
“He have to be feeling like a scholar who’s made to imagine that he has performed poorly in an examination. So, I didn’t broach the topic of his resignation. That could be a topic to be mentioned another day,” mentioned Shah.
Vishal Sarvaiya, who lives throughout the road from Rupani’s home, is worried whether or not Rupani’s exit would have an effect on the event of Rajkot. “It was apparent that he had a gentle nook for Rajkot. However now, I’m afraid, growth of town can be affected,” 37-year-old Sarvaiya, a businessman, mentioned.
Shah’s spouse Kiran, who’s secretary of BJP’s Mahila Morcha for Ward No.10 in Rajkot, mentioned, “I want they’d been a little bit extra thoughtful. It was Paryushan (the holy interval for followers of Jainism). However I admire the way in which the BJP capabilities.”
Shah’s daughter Meenal was fast to enlist infrastructure initiatives that have been launched in Rajkot throughout Rupani’s tenure as CM. “New airport, bus port, riverfront, AIIMS. Rajkot was getting the eye it deserved when he was the CM,” she mentioned.
The tranquillity continued at the same time as rain abated later within the afternoon and the BJP introduced Bhupendra Patel, an MLA from Ghatlodia in Ahmedabad, as Rupani’s successor. “Rupani is a dedicated partyman. Whether or not he was given any submit or not, he stored working for the occasion. He stays dedicated to the BJP even after stepping down as CM. That is the explanation there is no such thing as a meeting of any aggrieved supporters at his house at this time. What number of such individuals are there within the state as of late,” Shah mentioned.