Bhupendrabhai Patel
Patel in 2022
17th Chief Minister of Gujarat
Assumed office
13 September 2021
GovernorAcharya Devvrat
Preceded byVijay Rupani
Member of Gujarat Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
18 December 2017
Preceded byAnandiben Patel
ConstituencyGhatlodia
Leader of the House of Gujarat Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
13 September 2021
Preceded byVijay Rupani
Personal details
Born (1962-07-15) 15 July 1962 (age 61)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India[1]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Residence(s)Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
OccupationPolitician, Civil Engineer, Builder

Bhupendra Rajnikant Patel (born 15 July 1962) is an Indian politician, Civil Engineer and Builder who is serving as the 17th and current Chief Minister of Gujarat since 2021.[2] He represents the Ghatlodia Assembly constituency in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly since 2017. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He started his political career in municipal bodies of Ahmedabad.

Early life and career

Bhupendrabhai Patel was born on 15 July 1962 to Gujarati parents in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.[3] Bhupendrabhai Patel has received Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Government Polytechnic, Ahmedabad in April 1982.[4][5] He has been associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[6]

He is a builder by profession.[3] He is a trustee of Sardardham Vishwa Patidar Kendra and a chairman of the standing committee of Vishwa Umiya Foundation.[7] He is a follower of Akram Vignan Movement founded by Dada Bhagwan.[8] He is interested in cricket and badminton.[3][9]

Political career

Municipal Councillor

Patel was the member of Memnagar Nagarpalika in 1995–1996, 1999-2000 and 2004–2006. He was the President of Memnagar Nagarpalika in 1999–2000.[3][7] He was a Vice Chairman of school board of Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC) from 2008 to 2010. He was a councillor from Thaltej Ward from 2010 to 2015.[3][7] He was a chairman of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) from 2015 to 2017.[10][3] He also served as a chairman of the Standing Committee of AMC.[4]

Member of Gujarat Legislative Assembly

Patel became a member of Gujarat Legislative Assembly for the Ghatlodia constituency after winning the 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections, running against Shashikant Patel of the Indian National Congress.[11][12] He won by a record margin of 1,17,000 votes.[13]

He was elected again from Ghotlodia constituency in 2022 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election as a BJP candidate defeating his nearest rival and Indian National Congress candidate Amiben Yagnik.[14]

Chief Minister of Gujarat

First Term (2021 - 2022)

On 11 September 2021, Vijay Rupani resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat.[15] Patel was unanimously elected as the BJP legislative party leader and Chief Minister elect of Gujarat on 12 September 2021 in the party legislature meeting at Gandhinagar.[7] He was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on 13 September 2021.[16]

On 8 February 2022, he launched a new Gujarat IT/ITeS policy 2022-2027.[17] His government also became the first state to set up a committee to study modalities and implementation of Uniform Civil Code in the state, applying the same to the citizens of the state.[18]

Second Term (2022 - present)

In the 2022 Gujarat Legislative Assembly Elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party won a record-breaking 156 of the total 182 seats, with the party forming the state government for the 7th consecutive time. On 12 December 2022, Patel took oath as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, for the second time with this massive win.[19]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "BJP MLA Bhupendra named new Gujarat chief minister". The Times of India.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "એ કારણો જેના લીધે ગુજરાતના મુખ્ય મંત્રી બનાવાયા". BBC News ગુજરાતી (in Gujarati). Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Who Is Bhupendrabhai Rajnikantbhai Patel? 5 Points On New Gujarat Chief Minister". NDTV.com. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  5. ^ "(Criminal & Asset Declaration)". Our Neta. 12 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Who is Bhupendrabhai Rajnikantbhai Patel, Gujarat CM, first-time MLA and minister?". Hindustan Times. 12 September 2021. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d "BJP MLA Bhupendrabhai Rajnikantbhai Patel named new Gujarat chief minister". The Times of India. 12 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  8. ^ Arnimesh, Shanker (13 September 2021). "New Gujarat CM Bhupendrabhai Rajnikantbhai Patel is engineer, builder, Dada Bhagwan devotee who 'has no enemies'". ThePrint. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Mr.SHREE Bhupendrabhai Rajnikantbhai Patel". National eVidhan Application. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Bhupendrabhai Rajnikantbhai Patel is new chief minister of Gujarat; to take oath on Monday". The Economic Times. 12 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
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  12. ^ "Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: BJP's Patel Rajnikant wins from Ghatlodia constituency". Times Now.
  13. ^ Edwin, Tina. "Himachal and Gujarat: How the BJP and Congress fared". The Hindu: Business Line.
  14. ^ "Gujarat elections: CM Bhupendra Patel wins from Ghatlodia". The Economic Times. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  15. ^ "After Vijay Rupani Stunner, BJP In a Huddle; New Guj CM to Take Oath Monday?". News18. 11 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Bhupendrabhai Rajnikantbhai Patel Oath Ceremony: Bhupendrabhai Rajnikantbhai Patel takes oath as 17th chief minister of Gujarat | Ahmedabad News - Times of India". The Times of India. 14 September 2021. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  17. ^ "CM Patel launches new IT policy as Gujarat prepares for technological revolution". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  18. ^ "Gujarat govt's big move for Uniform Civil Code ahead of assembly polls". Hindustan Times. 30 October 2022. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  19. ^ "Gujarat CM Swearing-In Live Updates: Bhupendra Patel to take oath as CM for second consecutive term today". The Indian Express. 12 December 2022. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
Political offices Preceded byVijay Rupani Chief Minister of Gujarat 13 September 2021 – present Incumbent