Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM, PM Modi attends

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani with Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel at Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad

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. Rupani will be sworn in again as the Gujarat CM by Governor OP Kohli at an oath-taking ceremony at the Gandhinagar Sachivalaya Ground in Gujarat's capital. Naranpura MLA Kaushik Patel, who is seen as close to BJP national president Amit Shah, has been sworn-in as Cabinet minister.

Apart from Rupani and Nitin Patel, six to nine Cabinet and around 15 ministers of state are likely to swear in, saffron party sources informed.

Senior ministers who have won the elections are likely to be retained. He was removed from the cabinet after the Rupani government was formed a year ago.

Kishore Kanani, who is from Varachha Road, the epicentre of Patel quota stir in Surat, has now made his debut as a minister and sworn-in as Minister of State.

In forming his council of ministers - which obviously would have been vetted first by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah - Rupani has sought to rope in representatives of various communities of the state instead of chalking out a lion's share of berths for Patels to appease the Patidar community.

"With the party's prominent Dalit, tribal and OBC leaders losing, Rupani is facing a challenge to build a new leadership for these sections in his government", said a senior BJP leader. Deputy CM Nitin Patel also took oath at the event.

"People from all walks of life joined the oath taking ceremony in Gandhinagar to bless the team that took oath today". Congress allies also got three more.

Modi, who was Gujarat's Chief Minister between 2001 and 2014, went nostalgic and shared pictures of the ceremonies when he took oath in the past. "I assure my Gujarati sisters and brothers that we will leave no stone unturned in further developing Gujarat", Modi added.



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