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Highlights: Bhupendra Patel sworn-in as new 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat

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Gandhinagar, Sep 13: First-term MLA Bhupendra Patel was on Monday sworn in Gujarat chief minister, two days after Vijay Rupani's surprise exit from the post, a year ahead of the Assembly polls.

Patel (59), unanimously elected BJP legislature party leader on Sunday, was sworn in as the state's 17th chief minister by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a simple ceremony here.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and chief ministers of some BJP-ruled states were among those present at the Raj Bhavan ceremony.

BJP leader Bhupendra Patel

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2:46 PM, 13 Sep
The Patidars are a dominant caste in Gujarat with a sizeable control over the electoral votes and dominate the political economy with a stronghold over education, realty and cooperative sectors.
2:45 PM, 13 Sep
With state Assembly polls scheduled in December 2022, the BJP is banking on Patel, a Patidar, for poll victory. In the 2017 Assembly elections, BJP won 99 of the 182 seats and Congress got 77.
2:45 PM, 13 Sep
The governor had on Sunday invited Patel to take oath as chief minister. "The new leader of BJP’s Legislature Party Bhupendrabhai Patel presented a proposal to form the government under his leadership. Accepting the proposal, he was invited to take oath as CM on September 13 at 2.20 pm," Devvrat tweeted.
2:45 PM, 13 Sep
As decided by the party, only Patel took the oath. The council of ministers will take oath during the next few days after their names are finalised, BJP sources said.
2:44 PM, 13 Sep
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and chief ministers of some BJP-ruled states were among those present at the Raj Bhavan ceremony.
2:43 PM, 13 Sep
First-term MLA Bhupendra Patel was on Monday sworn in Gujarat chief minister, two days after Vijay Rupani’s surprise exit from the post, a year ahead of the Assembly polls.
2:42 PM, 13 Sep
PM Modi lauds Vijay Rupani's people-friendly measures under taken during his tenure. Rupani, the fourth chief minister to demit office in BJP-ruled states during the coronavirus pandemic, was sworn in as chief minister – his second stint as CM - in December 2017 and completed five years in office on August 7 this year.
2:40 PM, 13 Sep
PM Modi congratulates new Gujarat CM
2:38 PM, 13 Sep
Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulates the new CM of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel after the sworn-in ceremony. CMs of BJP ruled states, including Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Goa CM Pramod Sawant were also present in the ceremony.
2:27 PM, 13 Sep
Bhupendra Patel sworn-in as new Chief Minister of Gujarat
2:12 PM, 13 Sep
Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at the airport in Ahmedabad
2:11 PM, 13 Sep
Gujarat CM-designate Bhupendra Patel offers 'gau pooja' at Swaminarayan Temple in Ahmedabad
1:58 PM, 13 Sep
According to the Chief Minister’s Office, Bommai will fly to Ahmedabad for the ceremony after attending his first Assembly session as Chief Minister
1:58 PM, 13 Sep
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Monday will attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Gujarat Chief Minister, Bhupendra Patel.
1:39 PM, 13 Sep
Gujarat''s Chief Minister-designate Bhupendra Patel on Monday called on Vijay Rupani, who resigned from the top post last week, 15 months ahead of the state Assembly polls. Patel, who is scheduled to take oath as the next CM later in the day, met Rupani at the latter''s official residence in Gandhinagar in the morning and held discussions on various issues, a release issued by the state government said.
12:16 PM, 13 Sep
Nitin Patel was seen as a top contender for the post before the party gave the opportunity to Bhupendra Patel. When reporters asked him on Monday if he was upset with the party''s decision to select Bhupendra Patel as the next CM, Patel said, "Not at all. All this is your (media''s) speculation....You (media) keep (saying this) because this is your profession."
12:16 PM, 13 Sep
Amid speculation that he was unhappy with Bhupendra Patel being chosen as the next CM, Nitin Patel, while addressing a gathering in his home turf Mehsana on Sunday, said he has seen many ups and downs, and asserted that nobody can "throw him out" as he lives in people''s heart.
12:15 PM, 13 Sep
Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Monday said he was not unhappy with the BJP''s decision to select Bhupendra Patel as the state''s next chief minister, soon after the CM-designate met him at his residence here in the morning.
11:12 AM, 13 Sep
Assembly elections in Modi's home state are due in December 2022.
11:12 AM, 13 Sep
Bhupendra Patel belongs to the influential Patidar community, while Rupani, who resigned Saturday belongs to the Jain community.
10:38 AM, 13 Sep
Patel thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah and BJP president J P Nadda
Talking to the media after his election as the legislative party leader, Patel thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah and BJP president J P Nadda for placing their trust in him.
10:38 AM, 13 Sep
Patel holds a diploma in civil engineering, always has a smiling face and is well-connected to the grassroots, a party worker said.
10:37 AM, 13 Sep
Fondly called 'Dada'
Fondly called 'Dada' by many (Rupani is called 'Bhai'), Patel is considered close to former Gujarat chief minister and present Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel. His Assembly constituency is part of the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat represented by Union minister Amit Shah.
10:37 AM, 13 Sep
Who is Bhupendra Patel?
A soft-spoken leader, Patel has had a meteoric rise in state politics, starting at the municipality level. He contested his maiden Assembly election in 2017 and won Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad by over 1.17 lakh votes, the highest victory margin in the state during that election.
10:37 AM, 13 Sep
Patel's name was not in the long list of probables being discussed in state political circles and he emerged as the dark horse, a political observer said.
10:36 AM, 13 Sep
Patel will take the oath today and other ministers will be inducted later
10:36 AM, 13 Sep
Patel, accompanied by senior BJP leaders, met Governor Acharya Devvrat at the Raj Bhavan. Patel presented a letter to form the government, which was accepted by the governor, the sources said.
10:33 AM, 13 Sep
Patel has never held a ministerial post, just like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was never a minister when he became Gujarat CM 20 years ago. Modi was sworn in as CM on October 7, 2001, and became an MLA on February 24, 2002, by winning the Rajkot seat bypoll.

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