Six Patidars, one woman in Gujarat council of ministers

  • Six Patidars, one woman in Gujarat council of ministers

Six Patidars, one woman in Gujarat council of ministers

Besides Rupani, Nitin Bhai Patel took the oath of office and secrecy as Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister.

According to a study by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Gujarat Election Watch, the self-sworn affidavits of 20 Ministers in Gujarat Assembly showed that their average assets were worth Rs 13.34 crore. Among the attendees were senior BJP leader LK Advani, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Among those who lost, two were cabinet ministers - Dalit leader Aatmaram Parmar and Chiman Shapariya.

Those nominated as Cabinet ministers on Tuesday include Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, RC Faldu, Kaushik Patel, Saurabh Patel (Dalal), Ganpat Vasava, Jayesh Radadiya, Dilip Viraji Thakor and Ishwarbhai R. Parmar. The Prime Minister is to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the newly formed Council of Ministers of the Gujarat Government.

A senior BJP leader said the party will be mindful of a blend of factors such as experience, caste, and region while selecting ministers.

After the oath ceremony, Modi took to Twitter assuring the people of Gujarat that the BJP government will leave no stone unturned in further developing the state, which the party has ruled since 1995.

Nitin Patel, a Patidar leader, too has retained his post as deputy CM and will be sworn in. She is also a three-time Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA).

"Attending today's oath taking ceremony in Gujarat brought back memories of the ceremonies in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2012 when I got the opportunity to serve Gujarat as CM", he said.

Party leaders believe Rupani may induct a junior minister from south Gujarat's tribal belt, where the BJP matched its strong 2012 performance.

Preparations underway for the swearing-in ceremony of the Vijay Rupani government at the secretariat ground in Gandhinagar. "I am confident that Gujarat will continue its forward march on road to development and prosperity under the able leadership of Rupani".