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Vijay Rupani

Date of Birth: 2 August 1956
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Occupation: Chief Minister of Gujarat
Career Start: 1970
Residence: Rajkot, Gujarat, India
Education: LLB from Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat.

History of The Candidate

Vijay Rupaniwas born on 2nd August 1986 in Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) to Shri Ramniklal Rupani and Smt. Magaben. He is the youngest son in the family of seven children. His father was a well-known social worker. Shri Vijay R Rupani married Anjali Rupani, who is also a member of the Bharatiya Janta Party’s women wing. They are blessed with a daughter (Radhika) and two sons(Rushabh and Pujit). Their daughter Radhika Rupani married Chartered Accountant Nimit Mishra. Radhika moved to London in 2015 with her husband (Nimit) and her son (Shaurya). Rushabh Rupani is the second child of Shri Vijay Rupani and Anjali Rupani. However, they lost Pujit, their youngest child fifteen years ago when Pujit was only three years old. Shri Vijay Rupani had launched Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust in memory of Pujit.

Political Career

A brilliant leader with a keen interest in Politics, Vijay Rupani joined the saffron party at a young age, elucidating his unsurpassed passion for politics. He was an active member of the ABVP during his college days. Shri Rupani later joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and later joined the Jan Sangh in 1971. He protested against the Emergency (1975-77) and was even imprisoned during the dark days of Emergency. He served as a pracharak of RSS from 1978-81. He was elected as the mayor of Rajkot from 1996 to 97. Shri Rupani was appointed the chairman of Gujarat Tourism in 2006. A soft-spoken and great taskmaster Shri Vijay R Rupani has served as the BJP’s Gujarat Unit General Secretary four times. He was Member of Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2012. Shri Rupani led the ministry of water, transport, labour and employment while being inducted as the minister in Anandiben Patel’s first cabinet expansion in 2014. Shri Rupani has worked rigorously for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has served at various stages of the party and has risen through his sheer hard work and determination and reached the top ranks of being the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat. Shri Rupani was close to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s stalwart leader Lal Krishna Advani. In February 2016, Vijay Rupani was appointed as the President of Gujarat BJP and served as its President till August 2016.The Gujarat State Government launched a food scheme for the construction workers of the state of Gujarat. Shramik Annapurna Yojana aims at providing a hot nutritious full meal to construction workers at a minimum price of Rupees 10 at the construction site. Through innumerable landmarks of being the BJP activist, Rajya Sabha Member, MLA, Cabinet Minister and then becoming the Chief Minister of the State of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani has come a long way overcoming each and every hurdle in his path. On 7th August 2016, Shri Vijay Rupani was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat.

All the Promises Made by The Party

– Jammu & Kashmir – Article 370

The Manifesto read: We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state. We will make all efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits and we will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb.

– Reinforcing Border Security
The manifesto read: We have completed building six integrated check-posts with another under construction to facilitate easier trade and travel from the neighboring countries. We will further ease the movement of goods and people by constructing 14 more integrated check-posts by 2024. After completion of all the proposed integrated check-posts, all trade movement with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will be conducted through the integrated check-posts.

– Doubling farmers’ income

The manifesto read: At the very beginning of our current term, Prime Minister Modi embarked on a mission to double farmers’ income. We will make all efforts to achieve this goal by 2022.

The manifesto promised:

25 lakh crore investment in Agri-rural sector – We are committed to making an investment of Rs. 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector.

Interest-free Kisan Credit Card loans – We will provide sho-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.

– Citizenship Amendment Bill

The manifesto read: We are committed to the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the protection of individuals of religious minority communities from neighboring countries escaping persecution. We will make all efforts to clarify the issues to the sections of population from the Northeastern states who have expressed apprehensions regarding the legislation. We reiterate our commitment to protect the linguistic, cultural and social identity of the people of Northeast. Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs escaping persecution from India’s neighboring countries will be given citizenship in India.

– Zero-Tolerance Approach to Terrorism

The Manifesto read: Our security doctrine will be guided by our national security interest only. This is exemplified by the Surgical Strikes and the Air Strikes carried out recently. We will firmly continue our policy of Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving a free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism.

– National Security

The manifesto read: Strengthening our Armed Forces – We will speed up the purchases of outstanding defense-related equipment and weapons. In order to equip the Armed Forces with modern equipment, we will continue to take focused steps to strengthen the strike capability of the Armed Forces.

– Welfare of Soldiers

The manifesto read: We have already demonstrated our commitment to the welfare of our veterans with the implementation of long-delayed OROP. To take this commitment forward, we promise to create a more effective framework for the resettlement of our Armed Forces veterans. Under this effort, the Armed Forces will start planning for the resettlement of soldiers three years before their retirement and in accordance with their preferences. This will include provision for skills training, so skills training, financial support for higher education, for housing and for staring an enterprise.

– Combating Infiltration

The manifesto read: There has been a huge change in the cultural and linguistic identity of some areas due to illegal immigration, resulting in an adverse impact on local people’s livelihood and employment. We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority. In future we will implement the NRC in a phased manner in other pas of the country

– Ram Mandir

The Manifesto read: We reiterate our stand on Ram Mandir. We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary efforts to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

– Uniform Civil Code

The Manifesto read – Article 44 of the Constitution of India lists Uniform Civil Code as one of the Directive Principles of State Policy. BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women, and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times.

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