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Vijay Rupani sworn in as new Gujarat Chief Minister

 2016-08-07 07:18:38.0

gujarat CM_oath NEW DELHI: The BJP's Vijay Rupani was sworn in as chief minister of Gujarat on Sunday in a ceremony that was attended by BJP heavyweights Arun Jaitley, Amit Shah and LK Advani. Nitin Patel was sworn in as Rupani's deputy and 23 others took the oath for spots in the state cabinet at a ceremony held in Gandhinagar. The new government - sworn in after former BJP CM Anandiben Patel resigned last week - is expected to shoulder the responsibility of steering BJP to victory in the high stakes 2017 assembly polls in Gujarat. The state has been beset with trouble lately with the Patidar stir and with anti-Dalit atrocities like the flogging of dalits in Una. On Friday, Rupani met governor O P Kohli and staked his claim to form the government. "The governor has given the go-ahead for oath taking ceremony on Sunday. Rupani will be sworn in as CM at 12.39 pm," BJP's Gujarat in charge Dinesh Sharma told the media. After meeting the governor, Rupani announced his resignation as president of the Gujarat unit of the BJP.

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