Two days after Bhupendra Patel was sworn in as the chief minister of Gujarat, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state said new ministers will take oath on Wednesday (today).
The party had yesterday stated that the swearing-in of Patel ministry was likely in two days.
On Monday, only Patel (59) was administered the oath of office by Governor Acharya Devvrat in Gandhinagar. The change of chief minister in Gujarat came after Vijay Rupani quit the post over the weekend.
Gujarat BJP spokesperson Yamal Vyas had told PTI yesterday that as is the norm in the party, the ministers’ names will be announced when they are sworn in.
As per sources, some aspirants had called on state BJP president CR Paatil on Tuesday.
There has been speculation on the name of Nitin Patel, who was deputy CM in the Rupani ministry. It is being speculated whether he will be retained in the new Cabinet.
There are also murmurs of Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, RC Faldu and Kaushik Patel – senior ministers in the Rupani Cabinet – being retained.
PTI quoted BJP sources as saying that efforts will be made to accommodate senior leaders in the new Cabinet.
On Monday night, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had spoken to Patel and Paatil before departing for New Delhi. It has been reported that Cabinet formation was discussed during those parleys.
Shah was in Ahmedabad on Monday to attend Patel’s oath-taking ceremony.
The BJP legislature party had unanimously elected Patel as its leader on Sunday.