07/08/2016 1:13 PM IST | Updated 07/08/2016 2:03 PM IST

Vijay Rupani Sworn-In As Chief Minister Of Gujarat

Vijay Rupani succeeds Anandiben Patel.

Vijay Rupani, left, state president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat, is congratulated by Nitin Patel as he is selected as Chief Minister of the state in Gandhinagar, India, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. Patel will take over as Deputy Chief Minister. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Vijay Rupani was sworn in as Chief Minister of Gujarat along with Nitin Patel as Deputy Chief Minster in Gandhinagar on Sunday afternoon.

Rupani succeeds Anandiben Patel as the Chief Minister of Bharatiya Janata Party's "bastion" state. The BJP had announced both these appointments on Friday.

Rupani, who resigned as the state president of the BJP to take up his new post, also served as the minister for transport, water supply, labour and employment in Anandiben's Cabinet. He was elected to the legislative assembly for the first time in 2014, from Rajkot West.

Rupani, who enjoys the goodwill among the party cadre, was considered the most non-controversial successor to Anandiben, under whose reign the state faced major political jolts.

While short, Rupani's stint will be crucial for the BJP to stabilise its position ahead of the state polls.

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