Bhupendra Patel, BJP MLA from Gujarat has been sworn-in as the 17th chief minister of Gujarat . With BJP leaders Amit Shah, Shivraj Singh Chouhan on stage, Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office.
Central inspectors Narendra Singh Tomar and Prahlad Joshi (both Union ministers) and party’s Union General Secretary Tarun Chugh, state chief CR Patil and state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, former chief minister Vijay Rupani and many former ministers were present on the occasion.
Patel, 59, was unanimously elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party leader on September 12.
Patel was seen as a surprise choice for the top post in Gujarat as there was speculation that either Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya or fisheries minister Parshottam Rupala might be chosen for it, NDTV reported.
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In a sudden move, Vijay Rupani resigned as the chief minister on Saturday. Bhupendra Patel, who is a first time MLA from the Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad, won the 2017 Gujarat assembly election with over 1.17 lakh votes.
The council of ministers will take oath during the next few days after their names are finalised, BJP sources said.
Before his swearing-in as the next Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendrabhai today met the Vijay Rupani at his Gandhinagar residence. Patel also met State BJP President C.R. Patil. Both the meetings are termed as courtesy meetings before the swearing-in.
After his appointment as the chief minister, Bhupendra Patel is expected to lead Gujarat BJP into the upcoming 2022 Gujarat assembly elections.
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