Amid dissent within Gujarat BJP, 24 ministers take oath in new Cabinet under CM Bhupendra Patel

A total of 24 ministers were sworn in the new cabinet of Gujarat on Thursday in the presence of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and former CM Vijay Rupani.

The swearing-in of the new Cabinet was supposed to take place on Wednesday but infighting within the party over posts delayed the exercise, a senior BJP leader had earlier said on conditions of anonymity.

Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office to 10 cabinet ministers and 14 ministers of state, including five ministers of state with the independent charge at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar.

The following were sworn in as cabinet ministers: Rajendra Trivedi, Jitu Vaghani, Rushikesh Patel, Purnesh Modi, Raghavji Patel, Kanubhai Desai, Kiritsinh Rana, Naresh Patel, Pradip Parmar and Arjunsinh Chauhan. Trivedi, Rana and Raghavji Patel have been ministers earlier as well.

Harsh Sanghvi, Jagdish Panchal, Brijesh Merja, Jitu Choudhary and Manisha Vakil took oath as ministers of state with independent charge.

Mukesh Patel, Nimisha Suthar, Arvind Raiyani, Kuber Dindor, Kirtisinh Vaghela, Gajendrasinh Parmar, R C Makwana, Vinod Moradia and Deva Malam are the nine Ministers of State.

Bhupendra Patel took oath as the Chief Minister on Monday.

First cabinet meeting at 4:30 pm today

The first cabinet meeting of the Council of Ministers, led by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will take place at 4.30 pm today, in Gandhinagar, the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Office said.

Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi submitted his resignation earlier today ahead of the new minister’s swearing-in. Trivedi has been inducted into the Bhupendra Patel government.

BJP MLA Naresh Patel earlier informed that he has been inducted into the Bhupendra Patel government and will take oath as a state minister later today. ” I received a call few mins ago from “the party’s state chief CR Patil. I’m grateful to PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, JP Nadda for including a person like me in the state cabinet,” Patel said.

BJP MLA Raghavji Patel was also informed by the party leadership earlier today about his induction into the state cabinet. “Happy to see my ambition of becoming a cabinet minister fulfilled today by the BJP. I want to thank the party’s high command. Decisions taken by PM Modi and Amit Shah are 100 per cent correct. I’ve seen it over years. I trust the decision of ‘no-repeat theory’ in the cabinet,” he said.

No minister from earlier Rupani-led govt retained

No minister from the earlier Vijay Rupani-led ministry was inducted and to avoid any dissent within the party ranks, the senior BJP leaders have also reached out to those who were not retained in the new government.

A source in the BJP had earlier informed that a massive massive exercise was underway to see that the leaders who were not accommodated in the cabinet don’t feel left out, adding that they have been assured of tickets in the next Assembly elections.

Bhupendra Patel, an MLA from Ghatlodia, took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat on Monday. He belongs to the Patidar community. The announcement of the 59-year-old’s name as Chief Minister on Sunday came as a huge surprise for many as Patel, who maintains a low profile, was not even among the top contenders.

The next Gujarat Assembly elections are set to be held in late 2022. In the 2017 polls, BJP won 99 out of the total 182 Assembly seats, while Congress secured 77 seats.


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