A new-look Gujarat BJP ministry dominated by first-timers

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​​With the fresh inductions, which include two women, the strength of the ministry led by Patel, a first-term BJP MLA and minister, has gone up to 25. No member from the previous Rupani-led ministry was inducted.
Rajendra Trivedi : He was nominated Speaker of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly in 2018 after serving as the Minister of State for Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities and Pilgrimage in the Rupani government. The 67-year lawyer won from the Raopura seat in Vadodara district for the second time in 2017. He has been associated with the BJP since its Jan Sangh days and, as a lawyer, handled cases related to the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

: He was nominated Speaker of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly in 2018 after serving as the Minister of State for Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities and Pilgrimage in the Rupani government. The 67-year lawyer won from the Raopura seat in Vadodara district for the second time in 2017. He has been associated with the BJP since its Jan Sangh days and, as a lawyer, handled cases related to the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Jitu Vaghani : He was the Gujarat BJP president till last year when he was succeeded by C R Paatil. The 52-year- old politician's first foray into electoral politics in 2007 was unsuccessful after he was defeated by senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil in Bhavnagar (West). In his second attempt, Vaghani was successful in the 2012 Assembly elections, and went on to retain the seat in 2017. This is his first foray into state cabinet.

: He was the Gujarat BJP president till last year when he was succeeded by C R Paatil. The 52-year- old politician's first foray into electoral politics in 2007 was unsuccessful after he was defeated by senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil in Bhavnagar (West). In his second attempt, Vaghani was successful in the 2012 Assembly elections, and went on to retain the seat in 2017. This is his first foray into state cabinet. Rushikesh Patel : The MLA from Visnagar in Mehsana district, he won from the seat for the second time in 2012. Patel (61) is the chairman of APMC at Mehsana and has also served as the BJP's Mehsana district president. He had accused Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik…
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