Vijay Rupani was today sworn in as the chief minister of Gujarat for the second consecutive term after the 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.
Rupani and his wife also offered prayers at the Panchdev Mahadev temple here before the swearing-in ceremony.
Gujarat swearing-in ceremony - As it happened:
12:09 pm: Kumar Kanai takes oath. He will be a part of the cabinet for the first time, after registering a big victory from Varachha seat.
12:08 pm: Raman Patkar takes oath. He won from the Umargam seat for the fifth time, and is a big Tribal leader.
12:07 pm: Vibhavari Dave takes oath. She is only female minister in the Gujarat cabinet who won from the Bhavnagar East seat.
12:06 pm: Vasanbhai Ahir takes oath. He is a famous face of the Ahir community in the state.
12:05 pm: Ishwar Singh Patel takes oath. He is a powerful face of the Koli community.
12:03 pm: Jaydrath Singh Parmar takes oath. He has served as Cabinet minister in last three governments, and is a renowned face of the Kshatriya community.
12:01 pm: Bachchubhai Khabad takes oath. He won for the third time from Devgarh Baria seat.
11:59 am: Purushottam Solanki takes oath. He is the biggest face of the Koli community, has been been minister in Keshubhai and Rupani-led governments.
11:58 am: Parbat Singh takes oath.
Gandhinagar: Dilipkumar Viraji Thakor, Ishwarbhai Ramanbhai Parmar and Pradipsinh Jadeja take oath as ministers in Gujarat government pic.twitter.com/wI0b8HUCAn— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2017
11:55 am: Pradep Singh Jadeja takes oath for fourth consecutive time.
11:53 am: Dalit face Ishwar Parmar takes oath.
11:50 am: Jayesh Radadiya and Dileep Thakur take oath as Cabinet minister in Rupani government.
11:45 am: Five-time MLA Saurabh Patel, who won from Akota, inducted in Rupani government.
Gandhinagar: Saurabh Patel, Ganpatsinh Vestabhai Vasava and Jayeshbhai Vitthalbhai Radadiya take oath as ministers in Gujarat government pic.twitter.com/a6RhgB28tN— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2017
11:44 am: Bhupendra Singh Chudasma takes oath as Gujarat Cabinet minister.
11:43 am: R C Faldu takes oath as Gujarat Cabinet minister.
11:40 am: Nitin Patel takes oath as Gujarat deputy Chief Minister for second time.
11:37 am: Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat Chief Minister. This will be his second term.
PM Modi with former Gujarat CMs Keshubhai Patel and Shankersinh Vaghela at swearing-in ceremony of CM elect Vijay Rupani and others in Gandhinagar pic.twitter.com/03kfa3hTFy— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2017
#Gujarat Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh at swearing-in ceremony of CM elect Vijay Rupani and others in Gandhinagar pic.twitter.com/bWv98XjeQp— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2017
11:26 am: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is also present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for swearing in ceremony of CM elect Vijay Rupani and others pic.twitter.com/zmYJwsEuNc— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2017
Gandhinagar: Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2017
Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan & BJP President Amit Shah at swearing-in ceremony of CM elect Vijay Rupani pic.twitter.com/x3IwPRrNQs
11:04 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reaches Gandhinagar to attend swearing-in ceremony.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to crowd gathered on his way from the airport in Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/uXJ3u0UBhP— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2017
On December 23, the state BJP leaders met Governor OP 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.
The BJP secured a simple majority by winning 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly in the recently-held elections. The party’s tally this time came down by 16 seats. It had secured 115 seats in 2012.
This is the sixth consecutive time that the BJP has won the elections in Gujarat.
The opposition Congress, which won 61 seats in 2012, managed to increase its tally to 77 this time. With its allies, the Congress’ strength in the Assembly is up at 80 seats.
(With PTI inputs)