Six Patidars, one woman in Gujarat council of ministers


The incumbent Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani on Tuesday was once again sworn in as the Gujarat CM for a fresh term, along with Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who took the oath as deputy CM again. Governor OP Kohli will administer the oath to Rupani and his ministers.

Apart from Rupani and Nitin Patel, six to nine Cabinet and around 15 ministers of state are likely to swear in, saffron party sources informed. 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. Since 2012 he has been a cabinet Minister.

Besides Patel, the other Cabinet-rank ministers sworn-in were - Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, RC Faldu, Kaushik Patel, Saurabh Patel, Ganpatsinh Vasava, Jayesh Radadiya, Dilip Thakor and Ishwar Parmar. Apart from that senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and Union Ministers were also present in the function.

The ministers of state who took the oath were - Pradipsinh Jadeja, Parbat Patel, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Raman Patkar, Parsottam Solanki, Ishwarsinh Patel, Vasan Ahir, Kishor Kanani, Bachubhai Khabad and Vibhavariben Dave.

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Once a BJP fortress, it has swung against the party these elections, but has managed maximum representation with seven ministers. "My best wishes to this team in their endeavour to take Gujarat to new heights of progress", Modi said.

In other reports, a labourer died and two got injured while setting up a stage at New Secretariat complex for Vijay Rupani's swearing-in ceremony. "I assure my Gujarati sisters and brothers that we will leave no stone unturned in further developing Gujarat", Modi added.

The new government led by Rupani took the oath of office and secrecy at a grand ceremony in Gandhinagar. "I am confident that Gujarat will continue its forward march on road to development and prosperity under the able leadership of Rupani".