BJP leader Bhupendra Patel will take oath as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for a second straight term in Gandhinagar on Monday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. At least 20 chief ministers of BJP-ruled states are expected to attend the ceremony.
Patel will be administered oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Gujarat by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a function to be held at the Helipad Ground inside the new secretariat complex in the state capital at 2 pm. Along with Patel, some new ministers are also expected to take the oath, PTI reported. BJP national president JP Nadda and 10-15 union ministers are also likely to attend the ceremony. News agency ANI reported that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will also attend the swearing-in ceremony.
It may be recalled that the Bharatiya Janata Party had recorded a historic lead and seventh consecutive victory in the recently concluded elections of the Gujarat Assembly, by winning 156 of the total 182 seats. Main opposition party Congress could win only 17 seats, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) opened account in the state legislative Assembly by winning five seats.