Highlights:

  • Bhupendra Patel got sworn-in as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat
  • Bhupendra Patel who belongs from Ahmedabad is a first time MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, succeeding Anandiben Patel
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Bhupendra Patel for taking the oath as CM of Gujarat

On Monday, Bhupendra Patel was sworn in as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat. The announcement of the low-profile MLA as the chief minister of the state came as a surprise at the legislative party meeting of the BJP, as he was not considered as a top contender for the position.

Bhupendra Patel who belongs from Ahmedabad is a first time MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, succeeding Anandiben Patel, who is at present serving as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh with an additional charge in Madhya Pradesh. The newly elected chief minister won his maiden seat by a margin of 117,000 votes in 2017 defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel.

Chief Minister’s from the BJP ruled states namely Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Goa CM Pramod Sawant also attended the ceremony. Amit Shah, Union Home Minister congratulated the new chief minister after his sworn-in ceremony.

Vijay Rupani, the former chief minister of the state and predecessor of Patel expressed, “I have conveyed my congratulation to him (Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel). I have full faith that under his leadership, the party will move forward, as will the development of the state. Gujarat will become a role model for all states. In the upcoming Assembly polls, BJP will win Gujarat under the leadership of Bhupendra Patel. I will keep on working as a party worker and will follow his instructions.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Bhupendra Patel for taking the oath as CM of Gujarat. He tweeted, “I have known him for years and have seen his exemplary work, be it in BJP organisation or in civic administration and community service. He will certainly enrich Gujarat’s growth trajectory.”

On the educational front, Patel is a civil engineer. On the work front, he has served as Ahmedabad municipal councillor. Furthermore, he also served as the chairman of the standing committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority.

With the Gujarat Assembly polls to take place in 2022, it appears that the BJP is confident in Patel to navigate the party through deep waters. In the 2017 state election, BJP won around 99 seats among the 182 seats while the Congress backed 77 seats.

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