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Modi expands Cabinet; inducts 18 ministers
January 04, 2008 10:51 IST
Last Updated: January 04, 2008 11:50 IST
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi [Images] on Friday expanded his Cabinet, inducting 18 ministers, nearly two weeks after leading the Bharatiya Janata Party to a thumping victory in the assembly polls.
Governor Nawal Kishore Sharma administered the oath of office and secrecy to the ministers at a function on Friday morning in the lawns of Gujarat assembly in Gandhinagar.
Nitin Patel, Dilip Sanghani, Fakir Vaghela, Jaynarayan Vyas, Maya Kodnani, Kiritsinh Rana, Parbat Patel, Jaysinh Chauhan and Vasan Ahir were among the new faces.
The BJP had retained power in the state winning 117 seats in the 182-member Assembly.
Modi was the only one to take oath at a grand function organised by the party on December 25.
Seven ministers of the previous Modi government have lost the elections. Prominent among them were Kaushik Patel (Revenue) I K Jadeja (Urban Development) and Bhupendrasinh Chudasama (Agriculture).