Gujarat New CM : Union minister Mansukh Mandavia has taken to Twitter to quell any speculation on a change of leadership in Gujarat.
His intervention came after reports in a section of local media claimed about prospects of Mandavia taking over the reins from Chief Minister Vijay Rupani amid the state battling the coronavirus crisis.
In his tweet in Gujarati on Thursday afternoon, Mandavia clarified there were no plans to replace Rupani.
"The whole world is battling the coronavirus and so is Gujarat under the able leadership of CM Rupani. At this time, spreading rumours about the proposed change of the CM's post, etc, are not in the interest of our people. I urge our citizens not to fall for any such rumours," he said in a tweet in Gujarati.
The Gujarat BJP is yet to get a full-time state chief as well after Jitu Vaghani whose term as state president ended almost a year ago and who is still on extension.
Profile of Shri Mansukh Mandaviya
Mansukh Mandaviya is the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Shipping and Minister of State for Chemical & Fertilizers in Government of India. Mandaviya was born in a small village named Hanol in Palitana district of Gujarat state in a middle-class farmer’s family. He holds a Postgraduate degree in Political Science from Bhavnagar University.
Mandaviya was very active in politics and serving people since his youth. He became a member of ABVP and soon he grabbed his position as a state executive committee member of ABVP, Gujarat unit. Seeing his intellect, skills and the zeal to work hard he was appointed as a leader of YuvaMorcha and then the president of Palitana BJP unit. He also holds a record of being the youngest MLA in Gujarat.
Working hard to serve the people and uplifting them was his only goal and thus he organized two Padyatras of 123 Km and 127 Km for the cause of Girl Education, BetiBachao, BetiPadhao and VayasanHatao. At a young age of 38, he was elected as a member of Rajya Sabha. He was also a part of various standing committees in various fields.
With his hard work and intelligence, he was appointed as Secretary for state unit BJP in 2013 and General Secretary in 2014. Later in 2014, he was appointed as Gujarat State Incharge of BJP’s High-tech & Mega Membership Drive Campaign which led to 1 crore people joining BJP in Gujarat
Mandaviya is well known for his intellectual analysis and thought leadership, which he also exhibited in his speech on “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” at the United Nations. He has travelled to lot many countries to explore their policies & management to help India grow at the fastest pace.
On 5th July 2016, he sworn in as a Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers in Government of India. Serving as a minister, he has implemented a lot of plans and thoughts to get the work done quickly and efficiently.
He was re-selected for the Second Term for Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha during March, 2018.
With his decisive and bold leadership, he has helped increasing the per day road construction speed, decreasing the cost of Urea and other fertilizers, establishing more than 4000 Jan Aushadhi stores to provide more than 800 medicines at affordable rates and reducing the cost of heart stent and knee implants. Above this, he has not left any stone unturned to help the common man, farmers and businesses.
Mandaviya has been a part of various delegations, twice with the President and once with vice president to sign MOUs and develop bilateral relations with other Nations. In the Asian Continent he has visited China, Israel, Oman, Nepal, Dubai and Uzbekistan. He also visited European countries like England & Germany, South American countries like Brazil & Argentina. He has visited lot many countries of Africa like Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Algeria, Hungary, Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland and Zambia. In an Oceania Region Shri Mandaviya visited New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and Australia.
He has played a vital role in the growth and development of New India with his hard work, organizational skills and intellect.
Again in 2019, he sworn in as a Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Shipping and Minister of State for Chemical & Fertilizers in Government of India
Mansukh Mandaviya is currently the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping and the Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers.  Owing to his intellect, skills and the zeal to work hard he started his political career as a leader of Yuva Morcha followed by the President of Palitana BJP unit. He also holds a record of being the youngest MLA in Gujarat.
• 2002-2007: Member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly for Palitana
• 2016-2019: Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers
• 2018: Re-elected as Member of Rajya Sabha
• 2019: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping and Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers
Mansukh Mandaviya is married to Neetaben Mandaviya and they have two children Pavan and Disha.
Mansukh Mandavaiya was born in a small village named Hanol in Palitana Taluka of Bhavnagar district of Gujarat State. Born to a middle-class farmer family, he is the youngest amongst 4 brothers. He finished his primary education in Government Primary School, Hanol after which he completed his high school studies from Songadh Gurukul.