Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Rupani sworn in as CM of Gujarat second time

Rupani sworn in as CM of Gujarat second time

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. The Prime Minister is to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the newly formed Council of Ministers of the Gujarat Government.

Cabinet ministers: Deputy CM Nitin Patel (Mehsana), Bhupendrasinh Chudasama (Dholka), RC Faldu (Jamnagar South), Kaushik Patel (Naranpura), Saurabh Patel (Botad), Ganpat Vasava (Mangrol), Jayesh Radadiya (Jetpur), Dilip Thakor (Chanasma) and Ishwar Parmar (Bardoli).

The 10-member cabinet headed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and 10 ministers of state took oath in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. Rupani and other council of ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor O P Kohli at the Helipad Ground inside New Secretariat complex in Gandhinagar. Apart from that senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and Union Ministers were also present in the function.

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The Gujarat poll results had shown that while the BJP had faced a rout in Patidar dominated constituencies, it had managed to win several seats by consolidating voters from non-Patidar castes, shedding its traditional votebank in search of a new combine. The other contenders are Sangita Patil and Vibhavri Dave. BJP bagged 99 seats, whereas the Congress put up an improved performance and secured 77 seats. It suffered extensive losses in Saurashtra region, a hub of farmers and Patidars, who are agitating for OBC status.

Bokhiriya had defeated Congress veteran Arjun Modhvadia, albeit by a narrow margin of just 1855 votes, while Kakadiya - a prominent Patidar leader - had scored an impressive third-term victory, winning his Thakkarbapa Nagar seat with a margin of over 34000 votes.

The politically influential Patidars, who constitute around 12% of state's 60 million population, hold sway in almost 60-odd seats.

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