BJP 's show of Strenght in Gujarat at swearing-in ceremony of CM

BJP 's show of Strenght in Gujarat at swearing-in ceremony of CM

Along with Rupani and Nitin Patel, who took oath as the deputy chief minister, eight other Cabinet-ranked ministers and 10 Ministers of State were sworn in by Governor O P Kohli in Gandhinagar.

Besides Rupani, Nitinbhai Patel took the oath of office and secrecy as Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister.

BJP won the Gujarat Assembly election for the sixth time with a clear majority of 99 seats in the 182-member assembly.

In a show of BJP power, in attendance at the swearing-in ceremony were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan.

The average assets of the 20-member council of ministers headed by Vijay Rupani is Rs 13.34 crore, with 18 of the 20 ministers being crorepatis.

Other ministers of the new cabinet will also take the oath.

These include Nitin Patel from Mehsana in north Gujarat, Saurabh Patel from Botad, Jayesh Radadia from Jetpur and R C Faldu from Jamnagar in Saurashtra region, Kaushik Patel from Naranpura in Ahmedabad as Cabinet ministers.

"With the party's prominent Dalit, tribal and OBC leaders losing, Rupani is facing a challenge to build a new leadership for these sections in his government", said a senior BJP leader.

Once a BJP fortress, it has swung against the party these elections, but has managed maximum representation with seven ministers.

After the oath ceremony, Modi took to Twitter assuring the people of Gujarat that the BJP government will leave no stone unturned in further developing the state, which the party has ruled since 1995.

"Attending today's oath taking ceremony in Gujarat brought back memories of the ceremonies in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2012 when I got the opportunity to serve Gujarat as CM", he said.

Sources said senior party leaders of Gujarat including Rupani, Patel and state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani had a meeting with Amit Shah on Monday to finalize the names for the new cabinet.

Party leaders believe Rupani may induct a junior minister from south Gujarat's tribal belt, where the BJP matched its strong 2012 performance.