Bhupendra Patel has been sworn in as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat on Monday. Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office with Home Minster Amit Shah, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others present on stage. In a sudden move, Vijay Rupani and his entire cabinet quit from their posts, setting the stage for a reboot a year before assembly polls in Gujarat.
At the same time, other big leaders of BJP including Manohar Lal Khattar, Pramod Sawant, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai were present during the swearing-in ceremony.
Bhupendra Patel, the BJP MLA from Ghatlodia seat held earlier by Anandiben Patel, was an unexpected choice after much speculation circling around other names like Union Ministers Parshottam Rupala, Mansukh Mandaviya, and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the new Chief Minister of Gujarat Bhupendra Patel by tweeting. PM Modi wrote: Congratulations to Bhupendra Bhai on taking oath as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. I have known him over the years and have seen his exemplary work, be it in the BJP organization or in civil administration and community service. He will certainly enrich Gujarat’s growth trajectory.
PM Modi also praised the former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani saying during his five years as CM, Rupani has undertaken many people-friendly measures. He worked tirelessly for all sections of society.
Patel, who has a diploma in civil engineering, has been a member of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority. He became a member of the Legislative Assembly after winning the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections. In the 2017 elections, he won the seat with a margin of 117,000 voters. Bhupendra won against the Congress Party candidate, Shashikant Patel.
Vijay Rupani became the fourth BJP chief minister to be axed this year after former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Tirath Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Trivendra Rawat (Uttarakhand).
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