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 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vijay Rupani on Tuesday took oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat for a second stint along with his deputy Nitin Patel. Along with Rupani and Patel, eight cabinet Ministers and 10 Ministers of State also took the oath. Out of the 20 Gujarat ministers, 18 (90 per cent) are crorepatis, according to an analysis of affidavits done by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The ADR report also found that only three (15 per cent) ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves.

The average assets of 20 ministers are Rs 13.34 crores. The minister with the highest declared total assets is Saurabh Yashvantbhai Dalal Patel from Botad constituency with wealth worth Rs.123.78 crores, said the ADR report. Khabad Bachubhai Maganbhai from Devgadhbaria constituency is the minister with the lowest assets. He has assets worth Rs.35.45 lakhs. Besides, a total of 13 ministers have declared liabilities out of which the minister with the highest liabilities is Radadiya Jayeshbhai Vitthalbhai with Rs. 16.04 crores of liabilities.

About educational background of Gujarat minister, the ADR report found that a total of 9 (45 per cent) ministers have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th and 12th pass while 10 (50 per cent) are graduates or have higher degrees and one minister has declared his education as ‘Diploma in Electrical Engineering’.

The Cabinet Ministers who took oath on Tuesday were Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, R.C. Faldu, Kaushik Patel, Saurabh Patel, Vestabhai Vasava, Vithalbhai Radadiya, Dilipkumar Thakor and Ishwarbhai Parmar. The Ministers of State, who were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor O.P. Kohli, were Pradipsinh Jadeja, Parthabhai Patel, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Nanubhai Patkar, Ramanlal Nanubhai Patkar, Parsottambhai Solanki, Ishwarsinh Patel, Gopalbhai Ahir, Kishore Khanani, Bachubhai Maganbhai Khabad and Vibhavari Dave.

The BJP retained power in Gujarat, edging past the half-way mark to clinch the sixth term in government. Out of 182 seats, BJP bagged 99, whereas the Congress put up an improved performance and secured 77 seats.

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