- Bhupendra Patel, a first-time MLA, was sworn in as Gujarat’s new CM
- He took oath two days after Vijay Rupani and his whole cupboard stop
- Union Residence Minister Amit Shah attended the oath ceremony
Bhupendra Patel, a first-time MLA, was sworn in as Gujarat’s new Chief Minister two days after Vijay Rupani and his whole cupboard stop, setting the stage for a reboot a 12 months earlier than polls in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dwelling state.
Union Residence Minister Amit Shah attended the oath ceremony.
Bhupendra Patel, the BJP MLA from Ghatlodia seat held earlier by Anandiben Patel, was an surprising alternative after a lot hypothesis circling round different names like Union Ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and Parshottam Rupala, and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. .
Mr Patel, 59, emerged as a compromise candidate over extra apparent decisions.
The names of controversial Lakshadweep administrator Praful Khoda Patel and Gujarat minister RC Faldu had been additionally in circulation.
Mr Patel, who has a diploma in civil engineering, has been a member of the Ahmedabad Municipal Company and the Ahmedabad City Improvement Authority. He gained the 2017 Gujarat election by a report margin.
Vijay Rupani turned the fourth Chief Minister to get replaced in BJP-ruled states this 12 months. His dealing with of the second wave of Covid and his fashion of functioning are believed to be among the many components that drove him out. He was reportedly additionally perceived as too tender and ineffective.
Another excuse for his substitute by Mr Patel is ballot math. Mr Patel’s appointment is supposed to mollify the highly effective Patidar neighborhood, which has been upset with the BJP and has backed the opposition Congress’s Hardik Patel.
Mr Rupani’s exit mirrored his personal takeover in 2016–16 months forward of elections–after Anandiben Patel was eliminated as Chief Minister.