Bhupendra, a first-time MLA who as elected the new chief minister of Gujarat on Sunday, will take oath today in a ceremony which is likely to be attended by Home Minister Amit Shah and chief ministers of four BJP-led states. Only Patel will be administered oath today and a decision regarding the new Gujarat cabinet will be taken later, news agency PTI quoted party sources as saying.
Goa CM Pramod Sawant, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan are expected to attend the oath-taking ceremony. Patel (59), who was unanimously elected BJP legislature party leader on Sunday, will be sworn in as the state’s 17th chief minister at 2.20 pm, an official said.
Patel, who holds a diploma in civil engineering, has served as Ahmedabad municipal councillor and as the chairperson of the Standing Committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority. He is also a trustee at Patidar organisations Sardardham and Vishwa Umiya Foundation.
With state Assembly polls scheduled in December 2022, the BJP is banking on Bhupendra Patel, a Patidar, to lead the party. In the 2017 Assembly elections, BJP won 99 of the 182 seats and Congress got 77.