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. 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.
Gandhinagar: Vijay Rupani, 61, took oath as the Gujarat Chief Minister at a grand ceremony here in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who landed in Gandhinagar, is welcomed by party chief Amit Shah and all the BJP's chief ministers.
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.
Other ministers of the new cabinet will also take the oath.
Bhupendrasinh Manubha Chudasama, who won the Dholka constituency seat with a meagre margin of 350 votes, was sworn in. He was removed from the cabinet after the Rupani government was formed past year. However, following the legislature party meeting of new Gujarat MLAs, Vijay Rupani was voted for another term. Similarly, the ten ministers of state sworn-in today included five from the earlier ministry. Key BJP ally Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is also present in the ceremony along with his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.
After the oath ceremony, Modi took to Twitter assuring the people of Gujarat that the BJP government will leave no stone unturned in further developing the state, which the party has ruled since 1995. She is also a three-time Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA). The bond between Gujarat and BJP is extremely special.