Vijay Rupani sworn in as Gujarat Chief Minister
BJP leader Vijay Rupani on Sunday took oath as Gujarat’s new Chief Minister.
In the swearing in ceremony held at the Mahatma Mandir conference hall in Gandhinagar, Governor O.P. Kohli administered him the oath of office and secrecy.
Nitin Patel sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister and Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Ganpat Vasava took oath as cabinet ministers.
Top BJP brass including L.K. Advani, Arun Jaitley, Chief Ministers of Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan attended the ceremony.
Gujarat Finance Minister Saurabh Patel and Social Justice Minister Ramanlal Vora were dropped from the new ministry.
Earlier on Saturday, Rupani has resigned as Gujarat BJP president after he was elected as the new Chief Minister by the BJP central leadership.
Till he was announced as the CM, his Deputy Nitin Patel’s name was heard as the next Gujarat CM after Anandiben Patel left the office.
According to the sources, BJP Chief Amit Shah suggested his name as the CM, sidelining Nitin Patel.
The New CM’s prime job would be to prepare the party to face assembly election in the state, slated to December 2017.
Rupani will have only one year time to regain popularity of the party in the state, lost after a series of protest held by Dalits after the shocking Una incident.
Patels in Gujarat had also staged a number of protest for reservation, where the former CM Anandiben Patel failed miserably in addressing the issue.
She was allegedly asked to quit by the BJP leadership, due to her poor performance in the state governance.