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BJP leader Bhupendra Patel takes oath as CM for second consecutive term; PM, top ministers present

Gujarat CM Oath ceremony: Gujarat BJP leader Bhupendra Patel took oath for the second time today at a grand ceremony held in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and other Union ministers.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Ahmedabad: Gujarat BJP leader Bhupendra Patel took oath for the second time today at a grand ceremony held in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and other Union ministers. Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office to Bhupendra Patel as the 18th Chief Minister of the state at a ceremony held at the helipad ground near the new secretariat in Gandhinagar.

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Sixteen ministers, most of whom part of Mr Patel’s first term, also took oath in the grand ceremony attended by Chief Ministers from BJP-ruled states and allies.

The grand ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP national president JP Nadda and Union Minister of Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari. The Chief Ministers of the BJP-led states and allies will also attend the oath-taking ceremony at Gandhinagar.

Contrary to concerns about anti-incumbency, the BJP had achieved a landslide victory in just-concluded assembly elections in Gujarat – winning 156 of the state’s 182 seats and 53 per cent vote share. Mr 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.

Patel defeated his rival in Ghatlodia seat by a margin of 1.92 lakh votes. Patel got the command of the state after the resignation of Vijay Rupani in September last year.

Meanwhile, 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.

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