New Delhi: Vijay Rupani sworn in as chief minister of Gujarat in a ceremony that was attended by BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Amit Shah and LK Advani.
It is for the first time that Gujarat will have a deputy chief minister. Nitin Patel was sworn in as deputy chief minister and 23 others took the oath for spots in the state cabinet at a ceremony held in Gandhinagar.
The decision to make Rupani as chief minister and Nitin Patel, the incumbent health minister, as his deputy was taken at hectic parleys involving BJP President Amit Shah and Gadkari.
Rupani, who belongs to Jain Baniya community, is considered to be close to Amit Shah while Patel is said to be close to Anandiben.
The new government – sworn in after former BJP CM Anandiben Patel resigned last week – is expected to shoulder the responsibility of steering BJP to victory in the high stakes 2017 assembly polls in Gujarat. The state has been beset with trouble lately with the Patidar stir and with anti-Dalit atrocities like the flogging of dalits in Una area.