Gandhinagar: The BJP-led Gujarat government’s new chief, Bhupendra Patel, will take oath as the chief minister at 2.20 pm on Monday. In the morning, the CM-designate reached Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel’s house to meet him ahead of the oath-taking ceremony.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to attend Bhupendra Patel’s oath-taking ceremony. Chief ministers of UP, Goa and Assam are also expected to be present. His name as Gujarat’s next chief minister was announced on Sunday, a day after Vijay Rupani’s surprise resignation from the post. The former was elected to the state Assembly from Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad in 2017 with a wide victory margin.
Bhupendra Patel was invited by Acharya Devvrat to take oath at the new CM after he met the latter to stake claim to the post. He will be the only one taking oath on Monday.
“Newly appointed leader of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Legislature Party Bhupendrabhai Patel presented a proposal to form a new government under his leadership at the Raj Bhavan. Accepting the proposal, he has been invited to take oath as the Chief Minister on September 13, 2021, at 2:20 pm,” the Governor had tweeted on Sunday.
State BJP president CR Paatil said that there was no discussion about the deputy chief minister in the new Cabinet and that it would be formed in the next few day after consultations.
Dy CM Nitin Patel was reportedly disappointed at having lost out in the race. When asked about it, he was quoted as saying that at least he was not the only one to have missed the bus and that were many others, too, who had missed it.
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