Rupani sworn in as CM of Gujarat second time

Joy Montgomery
December 27, 2017

Gandhinagar: Vijay Rupani was on Tuesday sworn-in as the Gujarat CM for the second consecutive time, while Nitin Patel took oath as his deputy, along with 18 other ministers. The oath was administered by the State Governor, Om Prakash Kohli at at Sachivalay Ground in Gandhinagar.

Multiple BJP sources tipped party state president, Jitu Vaghani, and his predecessor RC Faldu, both Patidars, to find a place in the government.

Prominent dignitaries who attended the oath-taking ceremony included BJP veteran LK Advani, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.

Among those who lost, two were cabinet ministers - Dalit leader Aatmaram Parmar and Chiman Shapariya.

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.

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A senior BJP leader said the party will be mindful of a blend of factors such as experience, caste, and region while selecting ministers.

The BJP retained power in Gujarat, edging past the half-way mark to clinch the sixth term in government.

"Political leaders, Chief Ministers of various states, our esteemed NDA allies and respected former Chief Ministers of Gujarat joined the occasion, making it even more special", the Prime Minister said.

"Attending today's oath taking ceremony in Gujarat brought back memories of the ceremonies in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2012 when I got the opportunity to serve Gujarat as CM", he said. "I assure my Gujarati sisters and brothers that we will leave no stone unturned in further developing Gujarat", Modi added.

Rupani and Nitin Patel were elected as the leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the BJP legislature party at its meeting on December 22.

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