BJP's show of strength in Gujarat as Rupani takes oath

Besides Rupani, Nitin Bhai Patel took the oath of office and secrecy as Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister.

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. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who landed in Gandhinagar, is welcomed by party chief Amit Shah and all the BJP's chief ministers.

BJP is forming the Government in the State for the sixth time.

Those who have withstood the massive wave of Patel quota stir, too, have been rewarded as Cabinet ministers.

Bhupendrasinh Manubha Chudasama, who won the Dholka constituency seat with a meagre margin of 350 votes, was sworn in. The lean cabinet will give Rupani the scope for expansion later. Similarly, the ten ministers of state sworn-in today included five from the earlier ministry.

BJP ally Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also attended along with his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi. 18 other BJP MLAs also took oath as ministers.

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"With the party's prominent Dalit, tribal and OBC leaders losing, Rupani is facing a challenge to build a new leadership for these sections in his government", said a senior BJP leader.

"People from all walks of life joined the oath taking ceremony in Gandhinagar to bless the team that took oath today". The strength of the Congress and its allies in the new House is 80.

Modi, who was Gujarat's Chief Minister between 2001 and 2014, went nostalgic and shared pictures of the ceremonies when he took oath in the past.

Party leaders believe Rupani may induct a junior minister from south Gujarat's tribal belt, where the BJP matched its strong 2012 performance.

BJP leaders greeted Chief Minister-elect Vijay Rupani ahead of his swearing-in 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".

  • Myrtle Hill