Gujarat CM oath-taking highlights: Bhupendra Patel, 16 ministers take oath
Patel will be assisted by a cabinet of ministers of whom at least 17 will be sworn in today - with an expansion planned for later.
BJP leader Bhupendra Patel took oath as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for a second straight term in Gandhinagar on Monday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and other dignitaries. Patel was administered the oath as the 18th chief minister by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a function held at the Helipad Ground near the new Secretariat.
The ceremony is being attended by top leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and the chief ministers of several other BJP-ruled states. Media reports indicate over 200 holy men will also attend.
The saffron party recorded a resounding win in this month's Assembly election by bagging 156 out of 182 seats. Rivals Congress and debutants Aam Aadmi Party - expected to provide a stern test - failed to do so, winning just 16 and five seats, respectively.
Bhupendra Patel - who won his first election in 2017 from Ghatlodia - defended the seat in this round of polling - by a massive 1.92 lakh votes, earning praise from the prime minister. Patel was selected as chief minister only in September last year, replacing Vijay Rupani as the BJP sought to ward of anti-incumbency in the prime minister's home state.
The BJP's final number of seats represents a record tally, beating the 127 it won in 2002 (when Modi was chief minister) and the 149 the Congress won under Madhavsinh Solanki in 1985.
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Dec 12, 2022 02:43 PM IST
Full list of MLAs sworn in as Gujarat ministers today
Here's the full list of ministers who took oath today:
1. Balwant Singh Rajput
2. Kabubhai Desai
3. Raghavji Patel
4. Kunwarjibhai Mohanbhai Bavaliya
5. Dr Kuber Dindor
6. Banuben Babaria
7. Parshottambhai Odhavjibhai Solanki
8. Bachubhai Khabad
9. Mukeshbhai Zinabhai Patel
10. Rushikesh Patel
11. Naresh Patel
12. Jagdish Vishwakarma
13. Harsh Sanghvi
14. Praful Pansheriya
15. Bhikhusinhji Chatursinhji Parmar
16. Kunvarjibhai Narsinhbhai Halpati
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Dec 12, 2022 02:24 PM IST
Sanghavi, Khabad among MLAs swear-in as ministers
Harsh Sanghavi, Jagdish Vishwakarma, Parshottambhai Odhavjibhai Solanki, Bachubhai Khabad and Mukeshbhai Zinabhai Patel are among other MLAs to take oath in the Gujarat government.
Dec 12, 2022 02:20 PM IST
Newly-elected Gujarat government: Second set of MLAs take oath as ministers
Kunwarjibhai Mohanbhai Bavaliya, Dr Kuber Dindor and Banuben Babaria are the second set of MLAs to take oath as ministers in the Gujarat Assembly
Dec 12, 2022 02:13 PM IST
Gujarat swearing-in ceremony: First set of MLAs take oath as ministers
Balwant Singh Rajput, Kabubhai Desai, Raghavji Patel take oath as ministers in the Gujarat Assembly.
Dec 12, 2022 02:11 PM IST
Bhupendra Patel swears-in as chief minister of Gujarat
Dec 12, 2022 02:04 PM IST
Gujarat CM-designate Bhupendra Patel's family arrive in Gandhinagar
Dec 12, 2022 01:44 PM IST
Defence minister Rajnath Singh arrives at the swearing-in ceremony
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh arrived at the Gujarat CM designate Bhupendra Patel's oath-taking ceremony in Gandhinagar.
Dec 12, 2022 01:40 PM IST
Gujarat created history under PM Modi's leadership: Sonowal
Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership for BJP's historic win in the Gujarat Assembly election. He reached Ahmedabad airport on Monday to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Bhupendra Patel.
Dec 12, 2022 01:26 PM IST
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, Union minister Smriti Irani arrive at Ahmedabad
Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Smriti Irani arrive at Ahmedabad airport to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Gujarat CM-designate Bhupendra Patel
Dec 12, 2022 12:59 PM IST
BJP national president JP Nadda arrives in Gandhinagar
BJP national president JP Nadda arrives in Gandhinagar to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Gujarat CM-designate Bhupendra Patel, reports ANI
Dec 12, 2022 12:54 PM IST
Goa CM Pramod Sawant arrives in Gandhinagar
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant arrives in Gandhinagar to attend the swearing-in ceremony of CM-designate Bhupendra Patel
"For the first time, BJP has got such a massive victory in Gujarat. I congratulate all party workers of Gujarat," he said.
Dec 12, 2022 12:46 PM IST
UP CM Adityanath arrives at Ahmedabad to attend swearing-in ceremony
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath arrives at Ahmedabad airport to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Gujarat CM-designate Bhupendra Patel, reports ANI.
Dec 12, 2022 12:27 PM IST
Nagaland CM reaches Gandhinagar to attend oath-taking ceremony
Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio arrives in Gandhinagar to attend the swearing-in ceremony of CM-designate Bhupendra Patel, ANI reported.
"We've come here to celebrate the victory of Gujarat. In partnership, we are very much confident of winning polls (in Nagaland)," he said.
Dec 12, 2022 12:18 PM IST
Will happily accept whatever responsibility the party gives me, says Hardik Patel
Ahead of the oath-taking ceremony, BJP MLA Hardik Patel said he only works for the party and he will accept whatever responsibility will be assigned to him.
"I am a very young MLA. I only believe in working for the party. BJP will decide who they want to keep in the Cabinet. I will happily accept whatever responsibility the party decides to give me," he told news agency ANI.
Dec 12, 2022 11:44 AM IST
Karnataka CM Bommai leaves for Gujarat
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai left for Gujarat's Gandhinagar to attend Bhupendra Patel's swearing-in ceremony. Several chief ministers from BJP-ruled states are expected to attend the ceremony.
Dec 12, 2022 11:39 AM IST
PM Modi reaches Gujarat to attend Bhupendra Patel's swearing-in ceremony
People greet PM Modi as he holds a roadshow in Ahmedabad, ANI reported.
Dec 12, 2022 11:30 AM IST
Around 17 MLAs to swear in along with Bhupendra Patel
A total of 17 MLAs along with Alpesh Thakor, Shankar Chaudhary, Dr Darshita Shah may be inducted today, a party functionary told Hindustan Times. There is an expansion planned for later, sources have said.
Dec 12, 2022 11:08 AM IST
PM Modi, HM Shah and BJP bigwigs to attend ceremony
The ceremony will be attended by top leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and the chief ministers of several other BJP-ruled states.