Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM: Full list of ministers

27 December, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • Vijay Rupani offers a sweet to his deputy Nitin Patel after being re-elected Gujarat chief minister

Prime Minister Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states and those governed by NDA associates are presented in the ceremony, Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani said.

The new faces that were inducted were Kaushikbhai Jamanadas Patel, who had served as Minister of State for energy, urban development departments and cabinet minister of energy, in the earlier BJP governments.

Gandhinagar: Vijay Rupani was on Tuesday sworn-in as the Gujarat CM for the second consecutive time, while Nitin Patel took oath as his deputy, along with 18 other ministers.

A team of BJP central observers led by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had, last week, held discussions with the 99 newly elected party legislators in Gujarat and declared that Vijay Rupani and Nitin Patel were the unanimous choice for the role of chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively.

This is Rupani's second stint as Chief Minister of Gujarat. Since 2012 he has been a cabinet Minister.

The new Rupani ministry is likely to have a fresh look because five outgoing ministers lost the assembly polls held in two phases on December 9 and 14.

Along with him 9 Cabinet ministers and 10 Minister of State also took the oath.

Once a BJP fortress, it has swung against the party these elections, but has managed maximum representation with seven ministers.

Other ministers of the new cabinet will also take the oath.

A senior BJP leader said the party will be mindful of a blend of factors such as experience, caste, and region while selecting ministers. The strength of the Congress and its allies in the new House is 80.

Bokhiriya had defeated Congress veteran Arjun Modhvadia, albeit by a narrow margin of just 1855 votes, while Kakadiya - a prominent Patidar leader - had scored an impressive third-term victory, winning his Thakkarbapa Nagar seat with a margin of over 34000 votes.


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