- In Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel replaced Vijay Rupani as Chief Minister
- There were total 23 ministers in Rupani cabinet, now no repeat formula is discussed
- Difficult due to lack of option of ministers coming from particular community
- Elections at the end of next year, caste equations may worsen in the state
After Bhupendra Patel became the Chief Minister of Gujarat, a controversy came to the fore regarding the change in the cabinet. The swearing-in ceremony was postponed for a day. No repeat formula is discussed in Bhupendra Patel cabinet. It is believed that most of the 23 ministers in the Rupani cabinet will be replaced. Speculations are being made to give preference to young faces in their place. According to senior party leaders, angry ministers will be persuaded before the swearing-in. At the same time, cultivating caste equations in the new cabinet is a big challenge for the BJP.
Swearing-in of the new cabinet at 1:30 pm
Meanwhile, most of the ministers had vacated their offices on Tuesday itself. On Wednesday, the poster, which mentioned the swearing-in ceremony, was removed from the Raj Bhavan. It was later announced from the Governor’s office that the swearing-in ceremony would be held on Thursday at 1.30 pm. The CMO has also confirmed this through a tweet.
4 ministers who came from Congress are also angry
After getting the surprise in the form of Bhupendra Patel, the ministers’ phones were ringing continuously. About two hours after the swearing-in of the new cabinet was postponed, there was activity throughout the day at the house of state BJP President CR Patil and former CM Vijay Rupani. All the ministers and contenders in Bhupendra Patel’s cabinet kept coming and going. Rupani’s cabinet mates and four ministers who switched from Congress to BJP, were thus annoyed by the sudden removal exercise from the cabinet. Kunwarji Bavalia, Jawahar Chavda, Dharmendra Singh Jadeja and Jayesh Radadiya had recently left the Congress and joined the BJP after being offered ministerial posts.
Bhupendra Singh Patel will be the new Chief Minister of Gujarat, announced
Koli Samaj wrote a letter to PM Modi
Meanwhile, All India Koli Samaj has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi. It has been said that the removal of National President of the organization Kunwarji Bavaliya from the post of minister will send a wrong message among the society. Due to this the community may turn against BJP in Gujarat and other states also. The use of all new faces in Bhupendra Patel’s cabinet may upset the caste equation. Ministers coming from a particular community, whose immediate alternative is not available, is also a matter of concern for the BJP.
Rupani also objected to the no-repeat formula
However, there has been no official statement on what happened inside the closed room on Wednesday. But sources say that former CM Rupani has raised strong objections to Gujarat in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and state president CR Patil about the strategy of taking only new faces. Till Wednesday night, the round of talks and discussions were going on regarding the list of new ministers. Along with this, BJP will have to gear up for a new beginning in the state. At the same time, efforts will also have to be made to prevent any possible rebellion.
Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel
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