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

Vijay Rupani today took office as Gujarat chief minister for a second straight term, after a hard-won victory over the Congress, at a glittering ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a galaxy of BJP leaders but boycotted by the Congress.

The 20 ministers who took oath in the newly formed council of ministers in Gujarat on Tuesday, include six Patidar leaders, and only one woman.

Gandhinagar: Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan & BJP President Amit Shah at the swearing-in ceremony of CM under the leadership of PM Modi apart from them LK Advani, Anandiben Patel also on the dais. Gujarat governor OP Kohli administered the oath of office.

BJP is forming the Government in the State for the sixth time. "The party has chosen Vijay Rupani as Legislature leader unanimously, Nitin Bhai Patel as the deputy Legislature party leader in a meeting today".

BJP ally Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also attended along with his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi. At least a dozen new faces may be seen in the cabinet because, sources said. However, Kakadiya's age - he is 73 years old - seems to have gone against him. Tribal leader and former Assembly speaker Ganpatsinh Vasava too took oath as Cabinet minister.

Pradip Jadeja ( Vatva), Parbat Patel (Tharad), Jaydrathsinh Parmar (Haalol), Ramanlal Patkar (Umbergaon), Parshottam Solanki (Bhavnagar (R)), Ishwar Patel (Ankleshwar), Vasan Ahir ( Anjar), Kishor Kanani (Varachha), Bachu Khabad (Devgadhbaria) and Vibhavari Dave ( Bhavnagar (E)) took oath as minister of state.

Senior ministers who have won the elections are likely to be retained. The Congress on the contrary had done exceedingly well in regions dominated by Patidars while its traditional voters from the OBC and Dalit communities in the state seemed to have split and voted in great numbers for the BJP.

  • Santos West