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Gujarat: New ministers to take oath on Thursday

By PTI

Ahmedabad: The new ministers of the Bhupendra Patel-led government in Gujarat will take oath on Thursday. A spokesperson of the state BJP gave this information.

An official said that the swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers, whose names have not been announced, will be held in the state capital Gandhinagar at 1.30 pm.

The party had said earlier in the day that the ceremony would take place on Wednesday.

Even in the posters of Raj Bhavan, the date of the ceremony was mentioned as September 15.

However, the posters were taken down on Wednesday afternoon.

The governor’s office confirmed that the ceremony has been postponed until Thursday.

Manish Bhardwaj, Officer on Special Duty to Governor Acharya Devvrat said, “The oath-taking ceremony of the ministers will be held at 1.30 pm on Thursday.”

Gujarat BJP spokesperson Yamal Vyas had said in the morning that the function is to be held in Gandhinagar after 2 pm on Wednesday.

Neither the BJP nor the state government gave any reason for the postponement.

Gujarat BJP in-charge Bhupendra Yadav has been holding marathon meetings in Gandhinagar for the last two days to finalize the names to be included in the new cabinet.

There is talk that Patel may include many new faces in his cabinet and many old leaders may have to make room for him.

Patel (59) took over as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on Monday following the sudden resignation of Vijay Rupani on Saturday.

He was unanimously elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party on Sunday and was administered oath as the 17th Chief Minister of the state by the Governor in Gandhinagar on Monday.

He only took oath at the ceremony.

Patel’s promotion is being attributed to his proximity to Anandiben Patel, former Chief Minister of Gujarat and the current Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

With the state assembly elections due in December 2022, the BJP is counting on Patel, a Patidar, for electoral victory.

In the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP won 99 out of 182 seats and the Congress 77.

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