BJP delegation meets Gujarat Governor, stakes claim to form govt

ANI | Updated: Dec 23, 2017 23:13 IST

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], Dec 23 (ANI): A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation on Saturday met Gujarat Governor OP Kohli here and staked claim to form a government in the state, a day after the party brass chose Vijay Rupani to be the next chief minister.

Earlier on Friday, Rupani was announced as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, while Nitin Patel will also continue as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.

The swearing-in ceremony of Rupani as Gujarat Chief Minister will take place at Gandhinagar Sachivalaya Ground here on December 26.

The ceremony will take place at 11 am.

Rupani, Patel and other ministers had on Thursday submitted their resignation to Governor O.P. Kohlidays after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered a victory in the Gujarat assembly elections.

The BJP won the election for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly on Monday, claiming a clear majority of 99 seats.

The Congress Party trailed in second with 77 seats, followed by the Bharatiya Tribal Party (two) and NCP (one), while independent candidates won three seats.

Rupani secured a comfortable win from Rajkot West seat by 1,31,586 votes, which is the largest constituency in the Saurashtra region. (ANI)