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27 December 2017, 12:46 | Darrell Baldwin

Rupani sworn in as CM of Gujarat second time

Vijay Rupani

The incumbent Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani on Tuesday was once again sworn in as the Gujarat CM for a fresh term, along with Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who took the oath as deputy CM again. Vijay Rupani has been sworn-on as Chief Minister for the second time.

Gandhinagar: Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan & BJP President Amit Shah at the swearing-in ceremony of CM under the leadership of PM Modi apart from them LK Advani, Anandiben Patel also on the dais.

Among those who lost, two were cabinet ministers - Dalit leader Aatmaram Parmar and Chiman Shapariya.

Chief Ministers of 18 of the states led by the BJP were also present.

Once a BJP fortress, it has swung against the party these elections, but has managed maximum representation with seven ministers.

Those who have withstood the massive wave of Patel quota stir, too, have been rewarded as Cabinet ministers.

A senior BJP leader said the party will be mindful of a blend of factors such as experience, caste, and region while selecting ministers.

Earlier this morning, Modi's convoy made its way from the Ahmedabad airport, where he flew in from the national capital, to an open ground near the state secretariat where the oath ceremony took place.

The BJP retained power in Gujarat, edging past the half-way mark to clinch the sixth term in government.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who spent many years working for the United Nations as a top diplomat, told the news agency ANI that "many people" who were "more knowledgeable" than him had suggested that there were "signs of torture, that clearly the man has been held under duress".

Rupani and Nitin Patel were elected as the leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the BJP legislature party at its meeting on December 22.

Party leaders believe Rupani may induct a junior minister from south Gujarat's tribal belt, where the BJP matched its strong 2012 performance.

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