In Gujarat, the new leader of BJP Legislative Party Bhupendra Patel will take the oath as the 17th Chief Minister of the state today. The swearing-in will be held at Rajbhavan in Gandhinagar at 2.20 p.m. Governor Acharya Devvrat will administer the oath of office and secrecy on this occasion.
According to State BJP sources, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will remain present during the swearing-in ceremony. Apart from State BJP President C.R. Patil, the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa will also attend the swearing-in function.
Earlier, the State BJP President C.R. Patil told media persons last evening that only the Chief Minister will take oath today. He said that the oath taking of the new Council of Ministers will be held in a couple of days after consultations in the party organization.
Before his swearing-in as the next Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel today met the acting Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at his Gandhinagar residence. Mr. Patel also met State BJP President C.R. Patil. Both the meetings are termed as courtesy meetings before the swearing-in. Meanwhile, Mr. Patel was seen in action even before his swearing-in. He called Jamnagar District Collector this morning and asked him for quick action for relief and rescue of flood-affected villagers. According to official sources, Mr. Patel also instructed to airlift 35 villagers stranded in flood water due to heavy rain.