The Gujarat government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, has got a new avatar with the induction of 24 fresh faces in the cabinet. No minister from the earlier Vijay Rupani-led ministry was inducted in the new team.
First-term MLA Bhupendra Patel was sworn in Gujarat chief minister on Monday (September 13) after Vijay Rupani’s surprise exit from the post, a year ahead of the Assembly polls. Patel’s elevation to the coveted post is being attributed to his closeness to former Gujarat chief minister and current Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel.
NEW MINISTERS IN GUJARAT GOVT: FULL LIST
Cabinet Ministers Portfolio
Rajendra Trivedi - Revenue
Jitu Vaghani - Education
Raghavji Patel - Agriculture
Kanubhai Desai - Finance, Power
Minister of State
Harsh Sanghvi Home
Represents Vadodara City constituency in Gujarat Assembly. Holds M.A., B.Ed. (English Literature) degrees. Reading book is her favourite hobby.
Jagdeesh Panchal is an MLA from Nikol seat. He has done MBA in Marketing (Certificate Course). Reading, swimming, playing badminton and social service are among his hobbies.
A leader from the tribal community in Valsad district, he also belongs to the crop of BJP MLAs who were earlier in the Congress and subsequently won Assembly by-elections as ruling party candidates. Chaudhary has won three-times from the Kaprada Assembly seat. He resigned from the Congress in 2020 ahead of the Rajya Sabha election.
Kirti Singh Jhala
Jhala represents Kankrej Assembly seat. He is Pradesh Vice President, Kisan Morcho, Bharatiya Janata Party; Pradesh Secretary, Kisan Morcho, BJP; District Secretary General, Kisan Morcho, BJP, Banaskantha; Secretary General, BJP Kankrej Taluka; President, Youth Front BJP, Kankrej Taluka; Booth President, Khariya Village, Taluka Kankrej, BJP. Has held various positions as a founding activist of BJP. His hobbies include writing, reading music and travelling
Corporator, Surat Municipal Corporation, 2005-10, 2010-15 and since 2015; Chairman, Town Planning Committee, Surat Municipal Corporation; Member, Akhand Anand Credit Society Ltd.
Gajendra Singh Parmar
A first-term MLA, the 53-year-old is also the president of BJP's Navsari district. His assembly segment falls under the Navsari Lok Sabha constituency represented by state BJP president CR Paatil.
A first-time MLA, Parmar rose from being a booth-level worker to an MLA and he is now a cabinet minister. The 57-year-old's dedication to the party since the last more than three decades has paid off.