Vijay Rupani takes oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat

Vijay Rupani takes oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will attend the swearing-in ceremony along with the chief ministers of 18 states where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are in power.

Days after his re-nomination was endorsed by BJP legislators and party's team of central observers led by Arun Jaitley, Vijay Rupani took oath as chief minister of Gujarat on Tuesday morning. The oath was administered by the State Governor, Om Prakash Kohli at at Sachivalay Ground in Gandhinagar.

Modi's BJP bagged 99 seats in the 182-member Gujarat assembly, barely seven more than the majority mark needed to form a government and 16 less than it had won last time. The Prime Minister is to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the newly formed Council of Ministers of the Gujarat Government. 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). This is the second term for both the leaders in their respective positions. However, Kakadiya's age - he is 73 years old - seems to have gone against him.




This time, south Gujarat has got a Cabinet berth for Ganpat Vasava from Mangrol and Ministers of State Ishwar Parmar from Bardoli, Ramanlal Patkar from Umargaon and Ishwarsinh Patel from Ankleshwar, other than Kishore Kanani from Varachha.

While Patel's have expectedly received a healthy representation - predictably the BJP wants to dent future onslaughts by Patidar leader Hardik Patel - in the Rupani cabinet, the saffron party has also inducted leaders from the Rajput, Ahir, OBC Thakor and Dalit communities. The success of Congress was largely credited to the extensive campaigning conducted by party President Rahul Gandhi.

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