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Vijay Rupani, Nitin Patel take oath to lead Gujarat till 2022

Vijay Rupani, Nitin Patel take oath to lead Gujarat till 2022

While the BJP party's performance in Gujarat was diminished as compared to last time, Congress emerged stronger, securing 77 seats.

The average assets of the 20-member council of ministers headed by Vijay Rupani is Rs 13.34 crore, with 18 of the 20 ministers being crorepatis.

Besides Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel, a number of others are also likely to be sworn-in by Governor O P Kohli. Several union ministers including Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, and Ravi Shankar Prasad are also expected to attend Vijay Rupani's swearing-in ceremony.

Prime Minister Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states and those governed by NDA associates are presented in the ceremony, Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani said. Besides, the BJP did not give tickets to six ministers for the elections. Outgoing speaker Ramanlal Vora, another Dalit leader of the party, also lost.

The city of Ahmedabad has two ministers, Kaushik Patel from Naranpura as Cabinet minister and Pradipsinh Jadeja as Minister of State.

Heavyweights Saurabh Patel and Govind Patel, who were dropped in the first Rupani government formed in August 2016, are expected to make a comeback, the source added.

Once a BJP fortress, it has swung against the party these elections, but has managed maximum representation with seven ministers. The other contenders are Sangita Patil and Vibhavri Dave. The bond between Gujarat and BJP is extremely special. The country's and the state's main opposition Congress party did quite well, securing almost 80 seats. It suffered extensive losses in Saurashtra region, a hub of farmers and Patidars, who are agitating for OBC status. Nevertheless, the BJP registered victory albeit with fewer seats than in the previous assembly. The Congress, boosted by support from Hardik Patel, convener of Patidar Anamat Anadolan Samiti, made inroads into Saurashtra.

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