Gujarat: Bhupendra Patel's new cabinet takes oath
Gandhinagar: Full-fledged Cabinet of Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel took oath on Thursday. Governor Acharaya Devvrat administered the oath of office to 10 cabinet ministers and 14 ministers of state, including five ministers of state with the independent charge at Raj Bhavan.
With the presence of Bhupendra Patel and former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani were present at Raj Bhavan.
Rajendra Trivedi, Jitu Vaghani, Rushikesh Patel, Purnesh Modi, Raghavji Patel, Kanubhai Desai, Kiritsinh Rana, Naresh Patel, Pradip Parmar and Arjunsinh Chauhan were inducted into the Cabinet.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a back-to-back meeting with party leaders at the instance of the Prime Minister and finalized the ministers' list. Keeping into consideration of next year Assembly elections, Mr. Shah has farmed no repeat formula in forming new cabinet. Former Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi and former BJP State President Jitu Vaghani were part of the Bhupendra Patel cabinet.
Former deputy chief minister in the Vijay Rupani cabinet, Nitin Patel, has not get a place in the Bhupendra Patel cabinet. In fact, he was a strong contender for the top post.
BJP’s disgruntled MLAs have no option to accept whatever decision is taken by the party central leadership. For Gujarat is concerned, the decision taken by Amit Shah will be final; thus, no MLAs have dared to question his decision, party MLA said.
Change of leadership in Gujarat came as a surprise; following his failure to handle the Covid crisis, the Central leadership has asked Vijay Rupani to resign.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to change the leadership in view of the coming elections. The BJP is confident to come to power for a straight seventh consecutive term.