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Vijay Rupani to be sworn in as Gujarat CM in the presence of Modi, Shah

SNS | New Delhi |

Staving off a stiff challenge from the Congress to return to power for a sixth straight term in Gujarat, Vijay Rupani will on Tuesday take oath as Chief Minister in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

Along with Rupani, Nitin Patel will be sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister in a ceremony to be held in Gandhinagar. This will be the duo’s second consecutive term.

According to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Modi along with Shah and chief ministers of 18 BJP-ruled states and central ministers will attend the ceremony.

Meanwhile, hectic lobbying has begun by the newly-elected legislators to secure a ministerial berth in the new government, reports said.

With seven ministers in the previous government losing their seats, besides 27 sitting legislators, the new Rupani government is likely to see many new faces.

Party sources said with Chief Minister himself coming from Saurashtra region and his deputy from north Gujarat, the BJP leadership could consider rewarding the legislators from central and south Gujarat who helped the party form the government for a sixth time in a row.

In the 182-member house, BJP won 99 seats while the Opposition Congress secured 77 seats.