Who attends the starry ceremony, who else will take the oath?
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will be sworn in for the second consecutive term in Gujarat. Twitter/@Bhupendrapbjp
It was a record victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat. After winning 156 of the 182 seats in the National Assembly elections and obtaining 53% of the vote, the saffron party today begins its seventh term in power. And it needs a great start.
On Monday, BJP leader Bhupendra Patel will be sworn in as Gujarat’s 18th chief minister for a second consecutive term. Around 25 Cabinet ministers will also be sworn in with Patel. The swearing-in ceremony will be lavish and who’s who of the party will descend on Gandhinagar.
A starry event
The grand ceremony will bring together Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and other central ministers.
Chief ministers from BJP-led states and allies will attend. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Himanta Biswa Sarma of Assam who were Gujarat’s star activists are on the guest list. They will be accompanied by their counterparts from other states. Manohar Lal Khattar from Haryana, Shivraj Singh Chauhan from Madhya Pradesh, Eknath Shinde from Maharashtra and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis, Basavaraj Bommai from Karnataka and Pushkar Singh Dhami from Uttarakhand will attend the ceremony.
BJP National Chairman JP Nadda, top leader BL Santosh and other MPs who held rallies in Gujarat will also attend.
About 200 sadhus from the state are also invited to the ceremony, according to a NDTV report.
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On Saturday evening, Patel and state BJP leader CR Patil flew to Delhi where they were due to meet party leaders JP Nadda, PM Modi and Amit Shah.
According to a report by News18.
Three or more stages
The swearing-in ceremony will be administered by Governor Acharya Devvrat in a ceremony held at the heliport grounds near the new secretariat in Gandhinagar at 2 p.m. Monday.
According to media reports, specific preparations have been made for the event. Three huge stages will be erected on Gandhinagar heliport. The CM and his cabinet will be seated on the middle platform. While PM Modi and other VVIPs will be seated on the right platform of the main stage, sadhus will be seated on the left platform.
When the leaders arrived in Ahmedabad, BJP’s Mahila Morcha met them at the airport.
Gujarat | BJP Mahila Morcha welcomes leaders arriving at Ahmedabad airport to attend the swearing-in ceremony of CM-designate Bhupendra Patel. pic.twitter.com/Vy1jhkbNMi
— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2022
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The ordinary man present
Even though the audience will include people from all communities, Patidars (Patels), other backward classes, Scheduled Castes and Tribes and women will be given priority. According to a report by NDTVthese preferences are made considering the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections and the 2026 state elections.
In the just-concluded elections, the Saffron Party has dramatically increased its support among Scheduled Castes and Tribes, which were once a stronghold of Congress.
The Patidars, longtime supporters of the BJP, had become dissatisfied with the party. Now he is doing everything he can to appease them. The saffron party has the backing of Hardik Patel, who led the Patidar quota agitation and switched sides from Congress to the BJP. This time, Hardik Patel defeated Lakhabhai Bharwad of Congress from Viramgam constituency by more than 50,000 votes.
Historic BJP victory
Notably, the BJP not only won 156 out of 182 seats in the state assembly, winning a remarkable victory in Gujarat, but also broke other records by winning a significant number of seats with large margins.
The margin of victory was close to two lakh in two seats: Ghatlodia and Choryasi. CM Patel beat his closest rival by 1.92 lakh votes to win a second Ghatlodia term. In eight seats, the margin of victory for the BJP candidates ranged between 1 lakh and 1.5 lakh, reported PTI.
Bhupendra Patel, the choice of the BJP
After the big win in Gujarat, Patel said, “The people of Gujarat have once again trusted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership. If the masses of Gujarat elected the BJP, then we must live up to their expectations.
“The people of Gujarat rejected the anti-national elements in this election and voted for the BJP’s development track record in the state,” he said.
With contributions from agencies
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