HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bhupendra Patel will take the oath today at 2:20 pm
  • Patel promised to take forward the incomplete development work in the state
  • Bhupendra Patel thanked PM Modi and other BJP leaders

Today at 2:20 pm, Bhupendra Patel will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat. He was the first choice of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, following the resignation of CM Vijay Rupani.

Talking to the media after being nominated by the party, Patel thanked PM Modi and other BJP leaders. “I want to thank all the BJP leaders including PM Modi, Amit Shah Ji, and leaders of Gujarat BJP, including CR Patil and the team of Vijay Rupani,” he said. However, he emphasized that he will never let the party down. “I will take forward the incomplete development work in the state. We will move forward by keeping the organization along,” he added.

Back on Sunday, PM Modi congratulated Patel. Bhupendra Patel’s predecessor Vijay Rupani, who stepped down as Gujarat chief minister on Saturday, also praised him. Bhupendra Patel is an MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, which was previously held by Anandiben Patel, who is the current Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

With assembly polls in the state scheduled to take place in late 2022, the BJP opted for Patel, a Patidar face as the Gujarat chief minister. The Patidars are a dominant caste in the state with a sizeable control over the electoral votes.

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