Lok Sabha Election 2019

Congress ex-MLA Jawahar Chavda made Gujarat Minister

Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli greets former Congress MLA Jawahar Chawda during the latter's oath-taking ceremony in Gandhinagar on March 9, 2019. Newly-inducted Cabinet Ministers Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Yogeshbhai Patel (wearing saffron shawls) look on.

Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli greets former Congress MLA Jawahar Chawda during the latter's oath-taking ceremony in Gandhinagar on March 9, 2019. Newly-inducted Cabinet Ministers Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Yogeshbhai Patel (wearing saffron shawls) look on.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Mr. Chavda has business interests in mining and education — running several education institutions and operating limestone quarries in Junagadh district.

Jawahar Chavda, a former senior legislator of the Congress in Gujarat, was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister in the State government on Saturday, a day after he resigned as an MLA and joined the BJP.

Two other legislators, Yogesh Patel and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, were also sworn in as Ministers of State (MoS). All three leaders were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor O.P. Kohli at the Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar.

Mr. Chavda, a prominent face for the Congress in Junagadh district who had been elected to the Assembly four times since 1990, will now have to contest the bypoll to get re-elected as a legislator. The BJP had lost heavily in the district in the 2017 elections.

He also has business interests in mining and education — running several education institutions and operating limestone quarries in Junagadh district.

“I have realised that to better serve your constituency, you should be with the ruling party and that has driven me to the BJP,” Mr. Chavda told reporters after joining the ruling party.

Interestingly, Mr. Jadeja, who joined the government on Saturday, was also originally a Congress leader who had moved to the BJP in 2017.

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