Gujarat Chief Minister and candidate for a second term, Bhupendra Patel, leaves the BJP.

Gujarat BJP wins 156 out of 182 seats in the Assembly . Bhupendra Patel will continue to hold the office as governor of the state .

Ahmedabad: After winning a landslide victory in the Assembly elections, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel resigned along with his entire cabinet to open the door for the formation of a new government in the state.The BJP, led by Gujarat BJP chief C R Paatil and party chief whip Pankaj Desai, declared Mr Patel the next chief minister of the state ahead of the polls today.The state BJP chief announced on Thursday that Mr Patel would continue to hold the office as governor of the state and that his swearing-in ceremony would take place on December 12.Mr Desai told reporters outside Raj Bhavan that Patel will remain as the caretaker chief minister until the new government takes over control, and that the BJP, which has won 156 out of 182, has called a meeting of all the newly-elected MLAs on Saturday morning to elect a new leader, who will eventually become the next chief minister.

Mr Desai said the new chief minister and his cabinet will be sworn in on Monday at the Helipad Ground in Gandhinagar, according to Mr Paatil.

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