Retaining Gujarat for a record sixth time, the BJP on Tuesday held a grand swearing-in ceremony for Vijay Rupani and Nitin Patel who took oath as the state’s Chief Minister and deputy Chief Minister respectively.
Governor OP Kohli administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rupani, the first to be sworn in followed by Patel as the duo began their second consecutive term. Both took the oath in Gujarati.
Present at the function were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers, as well as chief ministers from 18 states along with veteran leader LK Advani.
The Gujarat Cabinet will have 20 ministers and some of the top names include Ishwarbhai Parmar, Jayesh Radadiya, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Patrabhai Patel, Vibhavari Dave and Pradipsinh Jadeja.
At the venue in Gandhinagar, three massive stages had been erected. Seated on one side were religious heads from across the country and on the other were all the top dignitaries while on the third dais, the swearing-in ceremony took place.
Meanwhile, Modi upon landing in Ahmedabad took out a roadshow of sorts as he drove from the airport to the venue, around 45 minutes away.
Earlier in the day, Rupani along with his wife Anjali visited the Panchdev temple in Gandhinagar.
In the 182-member house, BJP won 99 seats while the Opposition Congress secured 77 seats.