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Gujarat CM Swearing-In: Grand oath ceremony for Bhupendra Patel for 2nd term today; PM Modi, top ministers to attend

Patel will be sworn in as the state's 18th chief minister at a ceremony to be held at the helipad ground near the new secretariat in Gandhinagar, Governor Acharya Devvrat. The ceremony will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and other central ministers.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Governor Acharya Devvrat will administer oath to Patel as the 18th Chief Minister of the state at a ceremony to be held at the helipad ground near the new secretariat in Gandhinagar. The ceremony will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and other central ministers.

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This will be Patel’s second consecutive term as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Patel will be sworn in as the state’s 18th chief minister at a ceremony to be held at the helipad ground near the new secretariat in Gandhinagar, Governor Acharya Devvrat.

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BJP sources said that apart from the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states will attend the swearing-in ceremony. Some new ministers are also likely to take oath along with Bhupendra Patel. The BJP won a record 156 out of 182 seats in the recently concluded Gujarat assembly elections.

This is the seventh consecutive victory of the BJP in the assembly elections of Gujarat. Congress has won 17 seats and AAP has won five seats. Patel (60) had resigned on Friday along with his entire cabinet to pave the way for the formation of a new government in the state.

Who will be Cabinet ministers

Meanwhile, hectic consultations are going on in BJP for picking ministerial candidates against the backdrop of the historic mandate given the party will have to walk the tightrope of balancing caste and regional representations, sources said.

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, they added.

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On Saturday, he was elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party. He met the Governor and staked claim to form the next government. 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, sources said that intensive discussions are being held in the BJP to select ministerial candidates.

The party will have to walk the test of balancing caste and regional representation. He said that MLAs Kanu Desai, Raghavji Patel, Hrishikesh Patel, Harsh Sanghvi, Shankar Chowdhary, Purnesh Modi, Manisha Vakil and Raman Patkar are the leaders who are likely to join the cabinet.

This time the Bharatiya Janata Party has won a landslide victory in the Gujarat elections. BJP is looking very excited with this victory.

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