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Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM

Vijay Rupani oath taking ceremony LIVE UPDATES: BJP retained power in the state for the sixth consecutive term by winning the recently held Assembly polls. The saffron party won the election for 182-member state assembly, claiming a clear majority of 99 seats.

Gujarat swearing-in LIVE UPDATES: Vijay Rupani takes oath as CM, Nitin Patel as Deputy CM
Vijay Rupani takes oath as chief minister of Gujarat. (BJP twitter)

Vijay Rupani was on Tuesday sworn in as the chief minister of Gujarat for the second consecutive term after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the recently-held Assembly elections in the state. Rupani, 61, and his deputy Nitin Patel were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor O P Kohli at a grand ceremony in Gandhinagar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and chief ministers of various BJP-ruled states attended the ceremony. Before the swearing-in ceremony, Rupani, sporting an orange-coloured jacket, and Patel greeted the chief ministers of BJP-ruled states who came to attend the ceremony.

BJP retained power in the state for the sixth consecutive term by winning the recently held Assembly polls. The saffron party won the election for 182-member state assembly, claiming a clear majority of 99 seats. The Congress Party trailed in second with 77 seats, followed by the Bharatiya Tribal Party (two) and NCP (one), while independent candidates won three seats.

Live Updates:

11:55 am: Dilipkumar Viraji Thakor, Ishwarbhai Ramanbhai Parmar, Pradipsinh Jadeja, Saurabh Patel, Ganpatsinh Vestabhai Vasava and Jayeshbhai Vitthalbhai Radadiya take oath as ministers in Gujarat government.

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11:50 am: Rupani, who succeeded Anandiben Patel last year, has also been the Minister for Transport, Water Supply, Labour and Employment in Gujarat state cabinet during Patel’s tenure, reports ANI. ALSO READ Vijay Rupani- a low-profile RSS man who has the trust of BJP chief Amit Shah

11:48 am: Leaders who are taking oath as ministers of state are: Pradipsinh Bhagvatsinh Jadeja, Patel Parbatbhai Savabhai, Jaydrathsinhji Parmer, Patkar Ramanlal Nanubhai, Parsottambhai Odhavjibhai Solanki, Ishwarsinh Thakorbhai Patel, Ahiur Vasanbhai Gopalbhai, Kishor Kanani (Kumar), Khabad Bachubhai Maganbhai, Dave Vaibhavari, reports ANI.

11:45 am: The ministers taking oath as cabinet ministers are: Nitinkumar Ratilal Patel, Bhupendrasinh Manubha Chudasama, Ranchhodbhai Chanabhai Faidu, Kaushikbhai Jamanadas Patel, Saurabh Patel, Vasava Ganpatsinh Vestabhai, Radadiya Jayeshbhai Vittalbhai, Dilipkumar Viraji Thakor and Ishwarbhai Ramabhai Parmer, reports ANI.

11:40 am: Nitin Patel takes oath as deputy chief minister for second consecutive term.

11:35 am: Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM, begins his second term.

11:30 am: It is reported that Rupani’s new cabinet will have six ministers from other backward castes (OBC), six Patels or Patidars, three tribals, two Rajputs and a Dalit, Brahmin and Jain minister each.

11:20 am: PM Modi arrives at the oath ceremony venue, first meets ‘Sants’ and then the senior BJP leaders.

11:10 am: Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan and BJP President Amit Shah at swearing-in ceremony of CM elect Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is also attending the event.

Vijay Rupani swearing-in LIVE UPDATES: Gujarat CM, Deputy CM to take oath shortly
Vijay Rupani swearing-in LIVE UPDATES: L K Advani, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nitish Kumar present at the venue

11:05 am: On December 23, the state BJP leaders met Governor O P Kohli and staked claim to form the government. The governor accepted the BJP’s claim and asked the party to form the next government.

Rupani and Patel were elected respectively as the leader and the deputy leader of the BJP legislature party on December 22, in presence of central observers – Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the party’s general secretary Saroj Pandey.

10: 40 am: Stage set for oath ceremony of newly elected Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani and his cabinet at Helipad Ground inside New Secretariat complex in Gandhinagar. PM  Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, many dignitaries and ‘Sants’ to attend the function.

Vijay Rupani swearing-in LIVE UPDATES: PM Modi arrives in Ahmedabad
Stage set for Oath Ceremony of newly elected Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani and his cabinet at Helipad Ground inside New Secretariat complex in Gandhinagar.

10: 35 am: 20 ministers including CM Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel to take oath shortly, reports ANI.

10:15 am: PM Modi waves to crowd gathered on his way from the airport in Ahmedabad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to crowd gathered on his way from the airport in Ahmedabad
Vijay Rupani swearing-in LIVE UPDATES: PM Modi waves to crowd (ANI Twitter)

10:03 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Ahmedabad, to attend swearing-in ceremony of CM elect Vijay Rupani and others.

10:00 am: PM Modi to arrive in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar shortly. The prime minister and chief ministers of other BJP ruled states will be present at Vijay Rupani’s oath taking ceremony.

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9:15 am: Vijay Rupani and his wife Anjali visit Panchdev temple in Gandhinagar ahead of swearing-in ceremony.