BJP 's show of Strenght in Gujarat at swearing-in ceremony of CM

Dec 27, 2017, 00:46
BJP 's show of Strenght in Gujarat at swearing-in ceremony of CM

The oath was administered by the State Governor, Om Prakash Kohli at at Sachivalay Ground in Gandhinagar.

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's sixth consecutive government, headed by 61-year-old Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, was sworn in on Tuesday in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat. Rupani and Patel were elected the leader and deputy leader of the state legislature party on Friday to lead the government as chief minister and deputy chief minister.

This is Rupani's second stint as Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Sources said senior party leaders of Gujarat including Rupani, Patel and state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani had a meeting with Amit Shah on Monday to finalize the names for the new cabinet.

Ranchodbhai Chanabhai Faldu, who was an MLA of BJP in 1998-2002, 2002-2007 and was also state BJP president, was the first to be sworn in as cabinet Minister.

Among those who lost, two were cabinet ministers - Dalit leader Aatmaram Parmar and Chiman Shapariya.

The other cabinet ministers sworn in were Saurabh Patel (Dalal) who also won on a thin margin of around 900 votes from Botad constituency.

Chief Ministers of 18 of the states led by the BJP were also present. Patel's continuance as Rupani's deputy indicates that the influential Patidar community will be well represented in the new Gujarat government.

The ministers of state who took the oath were - Pradipsinh Jadeja, Parbat Patel, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Raman Patkar, Parsottam Solanki, Ishwarsinh Patel, Vasan Ahir, Kishor Kanani, Bachubhai Khabad and Vibhavariben Dave.

The Gujarat poll results had shown that while the BJP had faced a rout in Patidar dominated constituencies, it had managed to win several seats by consolidating voters from non-Patidar castes, shedding its traditional votebank in search of a new combine. "I am confident that Gujarat will continue its forward march on road to development and prosperity under the able leadership of Rupani".