PM Modi to attend swearing-in ceremony of Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel on December 12

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of other BJP-ruled States are set to attend the swearing-in ceremony

December 11, 2022 04:59 pm | Updated 04:59 pm IST - Ahmedabad

Labourers prepares for the swearing-in ceremony of the Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel at Helipad ground behind the Gujarat Assembly in Gandhinagar.

Labourers prepares for the swearing-in ceremony of the Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel at Helipad ground behind the Gujarat Assembly in Gandhinagar. | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

BJP leader Bhupendra Patel will take oath as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for a second straight term in Gandhinagar on December 12, 2022 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries, BJP leaders said on December 11, 2022.

Mr. Patel will be administered the oath as the 18th Chief Minister by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a function to be held at the Helipad Ground near the new Secretariat in Gandhinagar at 2 p.m.

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Besides the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of other BJP-ruled States are set to attend the swearing-in ceremony, BJP sources said.

Along with Mr. Patel, some new ministers are also expected to take the oath.

In the just-concluded Gujarat Assembly elections, counting for which was held on December 8, the BJP won a seventh straight term by winning record 156 seats in the 182-member House. The Congress won 17 constituencies and AAP 5. Patel, 60, resigned as chief minister along with his entire cabinet on Friday to pave the way for the formation of a new government following the election results.

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He was elected as the leader of the BJP legislative party on Saturday. He met the governor and staked the claim to form the next government.

Mr. Patel won the Ghatlodia seat with the highest margin of 1.92 lakh votes in the elections.

A low-profile BJP leader and the first from the Kadva Patidar sub-group to become CM, Patel replaced Vijay Rupani in September 2021.

Meanwhile, hectic consultations are going on in BJP for picking ministerial candidates against the backdrop of the historic mandate given the party will have to walk the tightrope of balancing caste and regional representations, sources said.

MLAs Kanu Desai, Raghavji Patel, Rushikesh Patel, Harsh Sanghavi, Shankar Chaudhary, Purnesh Modi, Manisha Vakil, Ramanlal Vora and Raman Patkar are among those expected to be inducted in the ministry, they added.

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