In Monday’s swearing-in ceremony, only Patel will take the oath and other ministers will be inducted later.
“The newly appointed leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Legislature Party, Bhupendrabhai Patel, presented a proposal to form a new government under his leadership at the Raj Bhavan. Accepting the proposal, he was invited to take oath as the Chief Minister on September 13, 2021, at 2:20 pm,” said Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat.
राजभवन में भारतीय जनता पार्टी के विधायक दल के नवनियुक्त नेता श्री भूपेंद्रभाई पटेल जी ने अपने नेतृत्व में नई सरकार गठित करने का प्रस्ताव प्रस्तुत किया। प्रस्ताव को स्वीकार कर मुख्यमंत्री पद के शपथ ग्रहण के लिए उनको 13 सितंबर, 2021को दोपहर 2:20 बजे आमंत्रित किया। pic.twitter.com/gTZrUYKRdW
— Acharya Devvrat (@ADevvrat) September 12, 2021
Patel, 59, was unanimously elected as BJP legislature party leader after a meeting in the state capital Gandhinagar on Sunday afternoon. Gujarat BJP chief C R Paatil said Patel’s work at the grass root-level, his hold on the cooperative sector, association with party workers and administrative abilities were among the factors that led to his elevation.
The Ghatlodiya MLA said that he was grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief JP Nadda, and Union minister Amit Shah for the trust they reposed in him. He also expressed that he was also grateful to the trust reposed in him by the Gujarat leadership, including outgoing CM Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel, CR Paatil and other leaders.
He said the blessing of former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel was with him all the time.
“The government has worked well so that development reaches the last person. We will plan anew and discuss with the organisation to take forward the development works,” he said.
Senior BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda, congratulated Bhupendra Patel on his election as the BJP legislative party leader in Gujarat.
Shah expressed confidence that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s guidance and Patel’s leadership, the state’s development journey will receive new energy and momentum. Gujarat will continue to be a leading state in good governance and public welfare works, he said.
मुझे विश्वास है कि @narendramodi जी के मार्गदर्शन व आपके नेतृत्व में प्रदेश की अनवरत विकास यात्रा को नई ऊर्जा व गति मिलेगी और गुजरात सुशासन व जनकल्याण में निरंतर अग्रणी बना रहेगा।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 12, 2021
श्री @Bhupendrapbjp जी को @BJP4Gujarat विधायक दल का नेता चुने जाने पर हार्दिक बधाई व शुभकामनाएं। मुझे विश्वास है कि आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी के नेतृत्व में आप पूरी निष्ठा व समर्पण भाव से गुजरात की विकास यात्रा और जनकल्याण के कार्यों को नई ऊर्जा व गति प्रदान करेंगे।
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) September 12, 2021
Bhupendra Patel’s name was reportedly proposed by Vijay Rupani, who had tendered his resignation on Saturday after being at the post since August 2016.
Patel, notably, 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.
Patel, a surprise pick for the CM face, started his political career at the municipality level. He contested his maiden Assembly election in 2017 and won the Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad by over 1.17 lakh votes, the highest victory margin in the state during that election. He is considered close to Anandiben Patel, a former Gujarat chief minister and the present Uttar Pradesh Governor.
This is to be noted that the change in top leadership has come months before the assembly polls in Gujarat which are scheduled to take place next year.
(With agency inputs)