CM Rupani, MLAs takes oath
The Protem Speaker of 14h Gujarat Vidhan Sabha Nimaben Acharya administered oath to newly elected Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) at the State capital Gandhinagar on Tuesday.
Earlier, Gujarat Governor OP Kohli administered oath to office to Acharya at Raj Bhavan. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was the first to take oath of office and duty, followed by Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel, former Speaker Ganganpatsinh Vasava, Cabinet Ministers, Leader of the Opposition Pareshbhai Dhanani, BJP State president Jitu Vaghani, Ministers of State, chief whip Pankaj Desai, Deputy Chief whip RC Patel, whip Bharasinh Dabhi, women legislators and then other legislators as per their seating serial number in the House.
With State Assembly building undergoing renovation, the oath-taking ceremony was conducted at makeshift arrangement in the Sabarmati Hall of Swarnim Sankul I, the administrative wing that houses offices of Cabinet rank Ministers, including Chief Minister of Gujarat. The 80 MLAs who will seat in Opposition, including 77 Congress legislators, gathered at office of Leader of the Opposition (LOP) Paresh Dhanani in Swarnim Sankul II building and marched towards the Swarnim Sankul I building for the ceremony.
Interestingly, the Morva Hadaf tribal reserved seat legislator, Bhupendrasinh Khant, too took oath along with other members in the ceremony even as his certificate of being a tribal was cancelled by committee of Gujarat Tribal Development Commission couple of days ago. Khant has challenged the decision in the Gujarat High Court.
After taking oath Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani who declared his support to main opposition Congress party said that he would be committed to raise the voice of people.
The Vadgam MLA went on to say that he will also demand tabling of the Comptroller Auditor General’s report in the earlier part of the
Assembly session, which the BJP has been tabling on the last day of Budget Sessions over the years.
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