- Majura MLA Harsh Sanghvi is just 36; the new Gujarat Cabinet, with all fresh faces, was announced on Thursday evening
That the BJP would rope in younger MLAs was expected, but handing the charge of Home department to 36-year-old Harsh Sanghvi has taken many by surprise, if not disbelief. The young MLA from Majura in Surat has been named Minister of State (independent charge) for Home and Police Housing besides being entrusted other portfolios.
The constitution of the new Cabinet of Gujarat, clearly a major experiment by the BJP, has left everyone surprised. Ahead of the swearing-in, it was known that the entire team would be replaced; meaning, none of the ministers from Team Vijay Rupani would make it to Team Bhupendra Patel. Barring three experienced leaders, all others have become ministers for the first time.
For that matter, even Finance Minister Kanu Desai (70) cannot boast of much experience. A two-time MLA, he is among the first-time ministers.
More about Harsh Sanghvi
Harsh Sangvi is the youngest among the ‘green horns’. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has kept General Administration Department, Administrative reforms, Home and Police Housing, Information and Broadcasting, Urban development and Urban Housing Department, Industries, Mines and Minerals, Narmada, Ports and departments not allocated to other ministers.
Besides Home and Police Housing, Harsh Sanghvi also holds portfolios like Sports, Youth Affairs and Cultural Activities, NGOs, NRGs, Gram Rakshak Dal (GRD), Civil Defense, Prohibition, Excise, Jail, Border Security (independent charge) and Disaster Management.
Harsh Sanghvi had won the 2017 elections from the Majura Assembly Constituency in Surat. He is associated with diamond jewellery manufacturing business.
A new team
Twenty-four MLAs took oath as ministers in the all-new Gujarat Cabinet on Thursday afternoon. Of these, 10 ministers were sworn in as Cabinet ministers and 14 as ministers of state. With Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, the strength of the current council of ministers in Gujarat is 25.
The three experienced ministers in the lot are Raghavji Patel, Rajendra Trivedi and Kiritsinh Rana.
Rajendra Trivedi, who was the Speaker of the Gujarat Assembly, had resigned on September 16, just hours before being named as a Cabinet minister. As minister of state (independent charge), he had earlier held the portfolio of Sports, Youth Affairs and Cultural Activities and Yatradham development.
Raghavji Patel was state-level minister of Rural development and Rural Housing in 1995-96.
Kiritsinh Rana was Animal Husbandry minister in Narendra Modi government in the state. He has won elections five times.
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