Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM: Full list of ministers

Gujarat Cabinet

BJP won the recently held assembly elections in the western state where Modi had been the chief minister from 2001 till 2014 when he became the prime minister after the party swept to power in the general elections decimating the Congress party.

Days after his re-nomination was endorsed by BJP legislators and party's team of central observers led by Arun Jaitley, Vijay Rupani took oath as chief minister of Gujarat on Tuesday morning.

Patel's continuance as Rupani's deputy indicates that the influential Patidar community will be well represented in the new Gujarat government.

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These include Nitin Patel from Mehsana in north Gujarat, Saurabh Patel from Botad, Jayesh Radadia from Jetpur and R C Faldu from Jamnagar in Saurashtra region, Kaushik Patel from Naranpura in Ahmedabad as Cabinet ministers.

Although the BJP secured a clear victory in the Gujarat state elections, it won with comparatively lesser margins as the saffron party won 99 seats, a total of 16 seats less than last time, casting doubts on the candidacy of Vijay Rupani for another term as Chief Minister.

On December 23, a delegation met Gujarat governor Om Prakash Kohli with a letter staking claim to form the government in the state. However, Kakadiya's age - he is 73 years old - seems to have gone against him.

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The ministers of state who took the oath were - Pradipsinh Jadeja, Parbat Patel, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Raman Patkar, Parsottam Solanki, Ishwarsinh Patel, Vasan Ahir, Kishor Kanani, Bachubhai Khabad and Vibhavariben Dave.

The Gujarat poll results had shown that while the BJP had faced a rout in Patidar dominated constituencies, it had managed to win several seats by consolidating voters from non-Patidar castes, shedding its traditional votebank in search of a new combine. The success of Congress was largely credited to the extensive campaigning conducted by party President Rahul Gandhi.

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