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

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.