There are many others in the race including senior minister Anandi Patel, BJP’s in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Amit Shah, who is also a MLA from Gujarat, another minister Saurabh Patel and party leader Purshottam Rupala for the Chief Minister’s post.

"I am ready to be Chief Minister if party asks me to take up the job," said Patel.

"If you ask this question to any MLA that are you ready to be the Chief Minister he will reply in positive. If you ask Virat Kohli that would he like to be captain of India obviously he would not say no," Patel said.

Patel, who is the Finance Minister in Modi’s Cabinet, though insisted that whatever the party decides will be accepted by all including him and the discipline will not be breached.

With the possibility of BJP's prime ministerial candidate and present Chief Minister Narendra Modi-- who has been heading Gujarat since 2001--occupying the country's top post as per many poll predictions, the race for chief ministership within the party has gained momentum.

However, voting for two phases in the nine-phased 2014 Lok Sabha elections is yet to be conducted and results will be declared on May 16, making it clear whether the post of Gujarat Chief Minister falls vacant or not.

BJP insiders believe that it will be a difficult task for them to fill up the Chief Minister’s post if the BJP gets mandate for central rule as nobody will be able to fit into the shoes of Modi.

Party sources said a final decision in this regard will only be taken by the central leadership after May 16 results.


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