BJP 's show of Strenght in Gujarat at swearing-in ceremony of CM

Vijay Rupani won the Rajkot West seat in the just-concluded Gujarat elections

Rupani was sworn-in by Governor O P Kohli at the head of a Council of Ministers - nine Cabinet ministers and 10 ministers of state (MoS).

The duo's return to the roles they had in the previous state government ended speculation of a change of guard in Gujarat which the BJP only managed to retain with a simple majority earlier this month.

The 10-member cabinet headed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and 10 ministers of state took oath in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, in Gandhinagar on Tuesday.

Mr Vijay Rupani has been sworn-on as Chief Minister of Gujarat for the second time. Names of ministers in Rupani's cabinet have not been disclosed yet.

Sources said senior party leaders of Gujarat including Rupani, Patel and state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani had a meeting with Amit Shah on Monday to finalize the names for the new cabinet.

BJP won the recently held assembly elections in the western state where Modi had been the chief minister from 2001 till 2014 when he became the prime minister after the party swept to power in the general elections decimating the Congress party.

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"With the party's prominent Dalit, tribal and OBC leaders losing, Rupani is facing a challenge to build a new leadership for these sections in his government", said a senior BJP leader.

The 20 ministers who took oath in the newly formed council of ministers in Gujarat on Tuesday, include six Patidar leaders, and only one woman.

The other cabinet ministers sworn in were Saurabh Patel (Dalal) who also won on a thin margin of around 900 votes from Botad constituency. The strength of the Congress and its allies in the new House is 80.

Party leaders believe Rupani may induct a junior minister from south Gujarat's tribal belt, where the BJP matched its strong 2012 performance.

From winning 32 of 48 seats in Saurashtra region in 2012, the BJP's tally slid to 19 in 2017.

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