Rupani and some one-and-a-half dozen other ministers were administered the oath of office by Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli at a grand ceremony in state capital Gandhinagar, attended by Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP chief Amit Shah and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states.
Apart from Rupani and Nitin Patel, six to nine Cabinet and around 15 ministers of state are likely to swear in, saffron party sources informed.
The new Bharatiya Janata Party government in Gujarat, led by Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel, took the oath of secrecy today in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah at the new secretariat. Rupani served as Chief Minister from August 7, 2016 till the 2017 elections, following Anandiben Patel's resignation as Chief Minister citing the age factor.
Rupani and Nitin Patel were elected as the leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the BJP legislature party at its meeting on December 22. Atleast 18 other ministers will also take oath to the Gujarat Cabinet.
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Another new face as cabinet minister was Ishwarbhai Parmar, who was a Minster of State in the Rupani government.
Three ministers of state - tribal leader Shabsharan Tadvi and OBC leaders Shankar Chaudhary and Kesahji Chauhan - too lost in the polls. Apart from that senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and Union Ministers were also present in the function.
Party leaders believe Rupani may induct a junior minister from south Gujarat's tribal belt, where the BJP matched its strong 2012 performance.
Opposition Congress, which had won 61 seats in 2012, managed to increase its tally to 77.
Bokhiriya had defeated Congress veteran Arjun Modhvadia, albeit by a narrow margin of just 1855 votes, while Kakadiya - a prominent Patidar leader - had scored an impressive third-term victory, winning his Thakkarbapa Nagar seat with a margin of over 34000 votes.