Bhupendra Patel, a leader of BJP, took Monday the oath to be the 18th Chief Minister for Gujarat for a second consecutive year. Governor Acharya Devivrat administered the oath to the 60-year-old Ghatlodia MLA. The record margin of 1.92 million votes won him the Ghatlodia seat.
The ceremony was attended by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. At the swearing-in ceremony, Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Bommai and Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai, Assam Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shide. Tripura CM Manik Saha. Pramod Sawant, Goa Chief Minister.
Kuvarji Bavaliya and Mulubhai Bera were among the MLAs who took oath today to be ministers. Parshottam Solanki and Bachubhai Khabad, Mukesh Paltel, Praful Pantsheriya and Bhikhusinh Parmar took the oath to be Ministers of State, while Harsh Singhavi and Jagdish Viishwakarma were sworn in as Ministers of State (Independent charge).
Patel’s family attended the ceremony as well, arriving at Gandhinagar’s Helipad Ground near the Secretariat.
The BJP won a historic 156 seat in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly. This was a huge win for the saffron parties. The Congress won 17 seats in one of its worst performances, while the new player Aam Aadmi Party took five.
Friday saw the resignation of Patel as CM and the whole cabinet in order to allow for the formation the new government. On Saturday, he was elected leader of the BJP Legislative Party. He then met with the governor to claim the right to form the next government.
Patel, who replaced Vijay Rupani as CM in 2021, is the first Kadva Patidar Sub-group member to be elected CM.