Vijay Rupani takes oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat

27 December, 2017, 02:34 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Both Rupani and Nitin Patel were elected leader and deputy leader of BJP legislature party in the state on Friday at a meeting of 99 newly elected legislators of the party. PTI

BJP won the recently held assembly elections in the western state where Modi had been the chief minister from 2001 till 2014 when he became the prime minister after the party swept to power in the general elections decimating the Congress party.

Vijay Rupani, who took oath as the 16th chief minister of Gujarat on Tuesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and host of dignitaries, appears to have done a balancing act in his new ministry.

Patel's continuance as Rupani's deputy indicates that the influential Patidar community will be well represented in the new Gujarat government.

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Sworn in for the second time as the chief minister of the state, Rupani has brought back the old guard to meet the administrative and legislative experience needed to tackle the strengthened Opposition with 81 members in 182-seat Gujarat Assembly; get the caste and regional balance right and induct more youths.

The new Gujarat government led by Vijay Rupani will take the oath of office and secrecy today at 11 AM at a grand ceremony at Sahivalaya Ground in Gandhinagar. Among the attendees were senior BJP leader LK Advani, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

BJP chief ministers Yogi Adityanath, Vasundhara Raje, Raman Singh, Sarbananda Sonawal, Raghubar Das, Devendra Fadnavis, Manohar Parrikar and Manoha Lal Khattar were present for the ceremony. Sources said Rupani is likely to keep the number of ministers in his cabinet below 20, against the maximum provision of 27 (15% of the total number of MLAs). BJP bagged 99 seats, whereas the Congress put up an improved performance and secured 77 seats. She is also a three-time MLA.

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