Greenhorn Patel.

Greenhorn Patel.

First time MLA Bhupendra Patel new Gujarat CM; Anandiben’s confidante

Patel never a minister like Modi as CM 20 years ago; Modi too was first time MLA

Agency Report | Gandhinagar | 13 September, 2021 | 09:50 PM

First-time legislator Bhupendra Patel took oath as the 17th chief minister of Gujarat on Monday, a day after his name was announced for the top job by the BJP leadership. Fondly addressed as 'Dada' by his supporters, Bhupendrabhai Rajnikanthbhai Patel became the 17th chief minister of Gujarat. Patel (59), unanimously elected BJP legislature party leader on Sunday, was sworn in by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a simple ceremony in Gandhinagar. Besides Shah, chief ministers of some BJP-ruled states were among those present at the Raj Bhavan during the ceremony. Soon after, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Patel for taking oath as the Gujarat CM. “I have known him for years and have seen his exemplary work, be it in the BJP Organisation or in civic administration and community service. He will certainly enrich Gujarat’s growth trajectory,” he wrote on Twitter.

Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat has invited the Bharatiya Janata Party’s newly elected leader and the Ghatlodia constituency legislator, Bhupendra Patel to take oath as the seventeenth chief minister of the state on Monday, at his residence in Gandhinagar, the Raj Bhavan.

The newly elected leader, Bhupendra Patel staked his claim to form a new government to the Gujarat governor on Sunday evening, after the announcement of his name for the top job at the state BJP headquarters, Kamalam earlier in the day.

Accepting his claim, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat invited Patel to take oath as Gujarat’s seventeenth CM. The oath-taking ceremony will be held at his residence in Gandhinagar, Raj Bhavan at 2.20 p.m. on Monday.

“Only the chief minister will be sworn in tomorrow,” state BJP president C.R. Paatil said while talking to reporters on Sunday after Bhupendra Patel’s selection in the legislature party meeting at Kamalam.

Later Paatil added that the revamped cabinet will be formed following consultation with the senior leaders in a couple of days.

Bhupendra Patel, who was also present at the press briefing, told the media that he was grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda, and Union minister Amit Shah for the trust they reposed in him.

“The blessings of former CM Anandiben Patel are with me all the time. We will plan anew and discuss with the organisation to take forward the development works,” said Bhupendra Patel.

Ghatlodia MLA Bhupendra Patel was selected as Gujarat’s new chief minister following Vijay Rupani’s resignation on Saturday from the top post. It’s over a year before the state goes to polls for the state Assembly elections.

Bhupendra earlier has served as the chairman of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA). He has never held a ministerial post, just like Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he became Gujarat CM, twenty years ago. Similar to Modi, he’s also a first time MLA.

The BJP’s legislature party meeting was attended by Central Observers — Union Ministers Narendra Tomar and Pralhad Joshi. BJP’s national general secretary Tarun Chug was also present at the meeting.

Bhupendra Patel is a first-time MLA from Gujarat’s Ghatlodiya who won the 2017 assembly election against the Congress’s Shashikant Patel by more than 1 lakh votes, the highest margin that year.

Said to be a confidante of UP Governor and former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, he belongs to the Patel or Patidar community, which the BJP was reportedly keen to appease ahead of next year’s assembly elections.

He holds a diploma in civil engineering from the Government Polytechnic Ahmedabad and had declared more than Rs 5 crore in assets in his 2017 election papers.

Bhupendra Patel was a surprise decision by the party as he was not listed among the main contenders after Vijay Rupani’s exit, according to BJP sources.

Patel has been chairman of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) in the past and has also led the Standing Committee of Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC).