08 August 2016 Current Affairs: Vijay Rupani, the newly elected leader of Gujarat BJP, was sworn in as the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat on 7 August 2016. Rupani, who succeeds Anandiben Patel, was the senior most cabinet minister in Anandiben Government.
Apart from Rupani, Nitin Patel was also sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
Gujarat governor OP Kohli has administered the oath of post and secrecy to the Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel at the Mahatma Mandir conference hall in Gandhinagar.
Besides, new Council of Ministers of Vijay Rupani Government has also taken oath simultaneously. In total 25 ministers took oath, out of which 9 Ministers took oath as the cabinet Ministers, while 16 ministers took oath as Minister of state (MoS).
Now the strength of new council of Ministers has reached to 25 in comparison to 24 ministers in previous government. Apart from caste and regional balance, the performance of individual ministers also considered in the formation of new council of ministers.
Former Finance Minister Saurabh Patel & social Justice Minister Ramanlal Vora in previous Anandiben Patel Government have been dropped from the new council of ministers. Eight other ministers from the Anandiben administration have been dropped in the new cabinet.
Speaker Ganpat Vasava, a tribal leader from south Gujarat, has been made a cabinet minister.