In forming his council of ministers - which obviously would have been vetted first by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah - Rupani has sought to rope in representatives of various communities of the state instead of chalking out a lion's share of berths for Patels to appease the Patidar community.
Not just 18 NDA chief ministers but also BJP patriarch LK Advani on the stage for the swearing-in ceremony of the Vijay Rupani cabinet.
Although the BJP secured a clear victory in the Gujarat state elections, it won with comparatively lesser margins as the saffron party won 99 seats, a total of 16 seats less than last time, casting doubts on the candidacy of Vijay Rupani for another term as Chief Minister. The oath of secrecy was administered by Governor OP Kohli.
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Rupani and Nitin Patel were elected as the leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the BJP legislature party at its meeting on December 22.
Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Dr Harsh Wardhan and Ananth Kumar graced the swearing-in ceremony. Besides them, the new government of Gujarat will have eight Cabinet ministers and 10 ministers of State.
BJP ally Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also attended along with his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.
The BJP retained power in Gujarat for the sixth consecutive term by winning the recently-held Assembly polls. attended the oath- taking ceremony. Three domes have been erected on the helipad ground: one for the oath-taking ceremony, one for VVIPs, and one for religious saints and other attendees.