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

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Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel was also sworn in for the second time.

Vijay Rupani, who took oath as the 16th chief minister of Gujarat on Tuesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and host of dignitaries, appears to have done a balancing act in his new ministry.

Ranchodbhai Chanabhai Faldu, who was an MLA of BJP in 1998-2002, 2002-2007 and was also state BJP president, was the first to be sworn in as cabinet Minister.

This time, south Gujarat has got a Cabinet berth for Ganpat Vasava from Mangrol and Ministers of State Ishwar Parmar from Bardoli, Ramanlal Patkar from Umargaon and Ishwarsinh Patel from Ankleshwar, other than Kishore Kanani from Varachha.

Out of the total 19 ministers who took oath of office today, six belong to Patidar community, five to Other Backward Class (OBCs), three to Scheduled Tribes (ST), three to Kshatriyas, one to Scheduled Caste and one to Brahmin. The lean cabinet will give Rupani the scope for expansion later. The Prime Minister is to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the newly formed Council of Ministers of the Gujarat Government. Deputy CM Nitin Patel also took oath at the event.

"With the party's prominent Dalit, tribal and OBC leaders losing, Rupani is facing a challenge to build a new leadership for these sections in his government", said a senior BJP leader.

The BJP retained power in Gujarat, edging past the half-way mark to clinch the sixth term in government. "My best wishes to this team in their endeavour to take Gujarat to new heights of progress", Modi said. The strength of the Congress and its allies in the new House is 80. "I assure my Gujarati sisters and brothers that we will leave no stone unturned in further developing Gujarat", Modi added. "I am confident that Gujarat will continue its forward march on road to development and prosperity under the able leadership of Rupani".

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