Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Vijay Rupani takes oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani welcomes PM Modi Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani welcomes PM Modi
Andrew Cummings | 27 December, 2017, 02:36

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and chief ministers of other BJP-ruled states attended the ceremony.

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.

Sources said senior party leaders of Gujarat including Rupani, Patel and state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani had a meeting with Amit Shah on Monday to finalize the names for the new cabinet. The oath was administered by the State Governor, Om Prakash Kohli at at Sachivalay Ground in Gandhinagar. Several union ministers including Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, and Ravi Shankar Prasad are also expected to attend Vijay Rupani's swearing-in ceremony. Yogi Adityanath, Vasundhara Raje, Raman Singh, Sarbananda Sonawal, Raghubar Das, Devendra Fadnavis, Manohar Parrikar and Manohar Lal Khattar were in attendance.

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Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's new Council of Ministers also includes five Other Backward Class (OBCs), three Scheduled Tribes (ST), three Kshatriyas and one Scheduled Caste (SC).

The BJP's tally has been reduced to just 99 of the Assembly's 182 seats - its lowest ever in Gujarat since 1990 - while the Congress registered a strong revival, winning 77 seats and garnering a 41 per cent vote share. Nitin Patel was once again sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Keshubhai Patel, Shankersinh Vaghela and Anandiben Patel were also seen sharing dais with the host of BJP leaders. The country's and the state's main opposition Congress party did quite well, securing almost 80 seats. The strength of the Congress and its allies in the new House is 80.

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