Vijay Rupani takes oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat

26 December, 2017, 11:29 | Author: Jason Torres
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Rupani, 61, and his deputy Nitin Patel were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor OP Kohli at a grand ceremony in Gandhinagar.

Congress polluted Gujarat's environment in the name of cast and religion, which made the elections a huge task, said Vijay Rupani, moments after he was selected by BJP's top brass as the chief minister of Gujarat.

He further said that the party was forming the government in the state for the sixth time.

New Rupani government will take oath today in the presence of PM Modi. Other attendees included Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and former Gujarat CMs Keshubhai Patel and Shankersinh Vaghela.

Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Dr Harsh Wardhan and Ananth Kumar were seen gracing the swearing-in ceremony.

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Those nominated as Cabinet ministers on Tuesday include Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, RC Faldu, Kaushik Patel, Saurabh Patel (Dalal), Ganpat Vasava, Jayesh Radadiya, Dilip Viraji Thakor and Ishwarbhai R. Parmar.

BJP won the recently held assembly elections in the western state where Modi had been the chief minister from 2001 till 2014 when he became the prime minister after the party swept to power in the general elections decimating the Congress party. Some new faces are likely to be inducted as ministers of state. Assembly speaker Ramanlal Vora too bit the dust.

It was under him as chairman of the Gujarat Tourism Development Corporation in 2006 that the hugely successful advertisement campaign "Khushboo Gujarat Ki", featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, was launched to promote the state as a tourism hotspot. Patel's continuance as Rupani's deputy indicates that the influential Patidar community will be well represented in the new Gujarat government.

■ Vijay Rupani and his wife Anjali visit Panchdev temple in Gandhinagar ahead of swearing-in as Gujarat chief minister for the second time.

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