Bhupendra Patel takes oath as Gujarat CM after sudden exit of Vijay Rupani
Bhupendra Patel has been sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Gujarat BJP MLA Bhupendra Patel has been sworn-in as 17th Gujarat Chief Minister in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others on stage.
Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office to Patel, who represents Ahmedabad’s Ghatlodia constituency.
Soon after Patel took oath, PM Narendra Modi congratulated him for taking over as the CM. PM Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to Bhupendra Bhai on taking oath as CM of Gujarat. I have known him for years and have seen his exemplary work, be it in the BJP Organisation or in civic administration and community service. He will certainly enrich Gujarat’s growth trajectory.”
Earlier, Bhupendra Patel met Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who said he was not unhappy with the BJP’s decision.
Nitin Patel, who was seen as a frontrunner for the post of the Chief Minister following the resignation of Vijay Rupani told The Indian Express he does not feel “upset or sidelined”. Patel, who was teary-eyed while speaking to reporters, said he has “a debt of the people” who supported him throughout.
In a sudden move, Vijay Rupani resigned as the chief minister on Saturday and the BJP sprang a surprise on Sunday by announcing Patel, 59, to be at the helm of affairs in the state.
Meanwhile, reports have said that the council of ministers will take oath in the next few days after their names are finalised.
Also, hailing former CM Vijay Rupani, PM Modi said that former Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani worked tirelessly for all sections of the society.
"During his five years as CM, Vijay Rupani Ji has undertaken many people-friendly measures. He worked tirelessly for all sections of society. I am certain he will continue to contribute to public service in the times to come," PM Modi said.
During his five years as CM, Vijay Rupani Ji has undertaken many people-friendly measures. He worked tirelessly for all sections of society. I am certain he will continue to contribute to public service in the times to come. @vijayrupanibjp, tweeted PM Modi.
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