Bhupendra Patel on Monday took oath as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat. The 59-year-old, who represents Ahmedabad’s Ghatlodia constituency, took oath as the state's 17th CM by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a simple ceremony in Gandhinagar. CMs of BJP ruled states, including Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Goa CM Pramod Sawant, were also present on the occasion.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated Patel after the swearing-in ceremony. PM Modi congratulated Bhupendra Patel and said that he will certainly enrich Gujarat’s growth trajectory.
“Congratulations to Bhupendra Bhai on taking oath as CM of Gujarat. I have known him for years and have seen his exemplary work, be it in the BJP Organisation or in civic administration and community service. He will certainly enrich Gujarat’s growth trajectory," PM Modi said in a tweet.
The BJP sprang a surprise on Sunday by announcing Patel, 59, for the top job with just 14 months to go for the Gujarat Assembly polls. Patel is from the Kadva sub-group of the influential Patidar community, and is the first Chief Minister from this segment.