Seven of eight BJP MLAs who won the recent bypolls took oath on Thursday on the auspicious occasion of Laabh Pancham.
One of the MLAs, Akshay Patel from Karjan was administered the oath separately as he was not feeling well. The seven MLAs took oath at 12.39 pm. The oath of office was given by Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi.
Akshay Patel was not feeling well and to avoid any spread of infection, he took oath in the speaker’s chamber. With this, the BJP now has 111 members in the assembly.
Why the bypolls were held & new MLAs chosen
The bypolls were necessitated after eight Congress MLAs resigned ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.
Five of them later joined the BJP and contested the same seats, from which they had resigned, as the Saffron Party’s candidates. All the BJP candidates won the eight seats in the bypolls held on November 3, the result for which were announced on November 10.
The eight seats that went to polls were Abdasa, Dhari, Karjan, Kaprada, Dangs, Morbi, Limdi and Gadhada.
The swearing-in was attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Parliamentary Affair Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja among others. Due to COVID-19, only a limited number of people were allowed in the swearing-in ceremony.
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