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Patel gets a brand new team, all Rupani ministers dropped



To battle anti-incumbency, allegations of Covid-19 mismanagement and assuage Patel sentiments, all the 22 ministers who were in Vijay Rupani’s Cabinet were dropped by new Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. Among those who were dropped was Deputy CM Nitin Patel, a powerful Patel leader, who was in the race for the post of CM. He may raise the banner of revolt in the coming weeks. Of the 24 new MLAs who were inducted in the Bhupendra Patel Cabinet, 10 were given Cabinet designation, five Ministers of State with Independent charge, while the remaining nine were appointed as Ministers of State.

The swearing-in ceremony of the Cabinet of Bhupendra Patel’s government was held at Raj Bhavan on Thursday and was attended by former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, former Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, BJP state president C.R. Patil, BJP national leader and Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav, national leader B.L. Santosh, Protem Speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly Dr Nimaben Acharya, former ministers Dandak Pankajbhai Desai, as well as senior additional chief secretary to the state government, front secretary, director general of police, MLAs, BJP leaders and well-wishers. At present, where there is only one woman MLA in the Cabinet, two women have been included as ministers. There is anti-incumbency against the BJP government and all faces are new to overcome that phenomenon.

According to BJP sources, around 30 ministers-MLAs are extremely annoyed with the “no-repeat principle” and are determined to “go to any lengths” to “avenge” themselves. Most of them are those who came to BJP from the Congress. Kunwarji Bavaliya has come out openly on this issue. The party leadership is being warned that ifthe Koli community is insulted, “we will see in the elections”. Vijay Rupani and C.R. Patil have been given the responsibility of damage control.

For the first time since 2014, the BJP central leadership faced difficulty in finalizing the Cabinet in the state due to strong dissension from the ministers who were dropped and other senior state leaders whose interests were “sidelined”. The original oath-taking was scheduled for Wednesday, but it was postponed to Thursday as party in-charge and Union Minister Bhupender Yadav faced angry MLAs and leaders.

The Speaker of Gujarat Assembly, Rajendra Trivedi, who resigned minutes before the swearing-in ceremony, was included as a Cabinet minister. Sources aware of the matter told The Daily Guardian that such was the intense level of activity and balancing of interests, that at the last minute, the names of MLAs Dushyant Patel and J.P. Kakadiya were withdrawn and the name of Purnesh Modi from Surat West forwarded to the Raj Bhavan. Caste wise, in the Bhupendra Patel Cabinet, there are seven Patidars or Patels, six OBCs, four tribals, three Dalits, three Kolis (EBCs), one Rajput (Darbar) and one Brahmin. President Ramnath Kovind is also from the Koli caste.

In the 2017 Assembly elections, BJP was narrowly able to cross the majority figure of 92 s eats—it got 99—as Patidars in the Saurashtra region aggressively voted against the party following the Patel agitation led by Hardik Patel. The party’s electoral capital was further damaged by demonetization and GST, with traders and industrialists in Saurashtra region openly campaigning against what they had called the “anti-traders” policies. The BJP was able to retain power due to the support that it got from voters of Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat.

Later on Thursday, Bhupendra Patel kept the portfolio of the Home Ministry along with several other departments, while Kanu Desai was made the Finance Minister. Apart from Home, the CM also holds the portfolios of Administrative Reforms and Planning, Housing and Police Housing, Information and Broadcasting, Capital Planning, Urban Development and Urban Housing, Industry, Mines and Minerals, Narmada, Ports and other departments that are not allotted to any Cabinet Ministers.


Bhupendra Patel, Ghatlodiya (CM)

Rajendra Trivedi, Rawapura

Jitu Vaghani, Bhavnagar West

Hrishikesh Patel, Visnagar

Purnesh Modi, Surat West

Raghavji Patel, Jamnagar Rural

Kanubhai Desai, Pardi

Kirit Singh Rana, Limbdi

Naresh Patel, Ganadevi

Pradeep Parmar, Asarva

Arjun Singh Chauhan, Mahemdavad


Harsh Sanghvi, Majura

Jagdish Panchal, Nicole

Brijesh Merja, Morbi

Jitu Chaudhary, Kaprada

Manisha Vakil, Vadodara


Mukesh Patel, Olpad

Nimishaben Suthar, Morwa Hadaf

Arvind Raiani, Rajkot

Kubersinh Dindor, Santrampur

Kirtisinh Vaghela, Kankrej

Gajendrasinh Parmar, Prantij

R.C. Makwana, Mahuva

Vinu Mordia, Katargam

Deva Malam, Keshod

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Speaking about the factors that convinced her to play “Rashmi Rocket”, Taapsee said, “Two reasons: first was I love sports. I love to follow sports. For me, sport stars are real heroes. I am in awe of them, so when I got to know about this particular testing, how it only done on females, it was shocking for me that someone like me, who loves sports so much, had no clue about something so crazy happening even till date.”

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When asked about how she is able to handle these tough scenes in her films, she responded, “I’ve been living with this script through the lockdown. Actually it been in my head when I heard it in 2018, so it has been there in my head since then. As I just told you, I was so shocked to hear that this still happens. When the script came in my hand and the screenplay was ready, we were in early 2020. Since then, I’ve been living with it at the back of my head, so I was already mentally prepared to dive into it. How to get rid of it was like, as an actor, you feel a sense of accomplishment if it affects you in real, if it actually makes me pause and take a little while to get back to reality. That means I have done a decent job doing it, so that happens doing that job. If have felt it inside, it mean the camera would have captured it. So, that sense of happiness helps me get out of it because then I feel, “okay, I did my job, I did what was in my hands to push this topic out, now let’s be ready to see what the audience does”, so that happiness makes me get out of the role.”

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In the letter, Arjun Singh said, “As you are aware the spate of post-poll violence, which started from the day of counting after the General Election still continues.

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Requesting to deploy more security personnel in the constituencies, Singh wrote, “In this context, we repeat our request made earlier for immediate allotment of Central Security cover for our candidates as we have no reliance on the West Bengal Police.”

The MP requested the CEO to deploy 30 companies of CAPF per constituency to ensure free and fair polls on October 30.

Requesting to deploy more security personnel in the constituencies, Singh wrote, “In this context, we repeat our request made earlier for immediate allotment of Central Security cover for our candidates as we have no reliance on the West Bengal Police.”

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The Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday announced 4 more candidates of the party for coming 2022 Assembly election. SAD Senior Vice President Dr Daljit Singh Cheema disclosed that Baldev Singh Mann will be party candidate from Sunam, Bhai Gobind Singh Longowal from Lehra, Harpal Juneja from Patiala Urban & Hardev Singh Megh (Gobindgarh) from Balluana assembly seat. He said that with this announcement, now the party has so far announced 74 candidates.

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The Haryana government has launched a string of new applications have been launched by the government recently. Several new applications were brought into existence for the better and fair administration as well as for the benefits of commoners.

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