Vijay Rupani was sworn-in as the chief minister of Gujarat on Tuesday for the second consecutive term after the BJP won the recently-held Assembly elections in the state.
Rupani took oath along with nine cabinet-rank ministers including Nitin Patel, his deputy, and 10 ministers of state.
The ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor OP Kohli at a grand ceremony in Gandhinagar.
Vijay Rupani and Nitin Patel were elected as the leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the BJP legislature party at its meeting on December 22.
Besides Patel, the other cabinet-rank ministers sworn-in were – Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, R C Faldu, Kaushik Patel, Saurabh Patel, Ganpatsinh Vasava, Jayesh Radadiya, Dilip Thakor and Ishwar Parmar.
The ministers of state who took oath were – Pradipsinh Jadeja, Parbat Patel, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Raman Patkar, Parsottam Solanki, Ishwarsinh Patel, Vasan Ahir, Kishor Kanani, Bachubhai Khabad and Vibhavariben Dave.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and chief ministers of various BJP-ruled states attended the swearing-in ceremony.
Other prominent dignitaries included BJP veteran L K Advani, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Before the swearing-in ceremony, Rupani and Patel greeted the chief ministers of BJP-ruled states who attended the ceremony.
Rupani and his wife also offered prayers at the Panchdev Mahadev temple here before the swearing-in ceremony.
With 99 MLAs, the BJP has a simple majority in the 182-member Assembly, 16 less than its 2012 tally of 115. The opposition Congress, which had won 61 seats in 2012, managed to increase its tally to 77. The strength of the Congress and its allies in the new House is 80.
(With inputs from agencies)