Anandi Patel, the new chief minister of Gujarat, has retained home, industry and most of the other portfolios held by her predecessor Narendra Modi. However, in a somewhat surprising development, Nitin Patel, the seniormost minister in the state cabinet, has been stripped of the charge of the finance department, which has been given to Saurabh Patel. Other senior cabinet ministers, too, have been divested of some of their portfolios.
The allocation of portfolios was done during the first cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Anandi Patel around 6 pm on Thursday. She will head GAD, industry, home, administrative reforms and training, climate change, ports, information and broadcasting, Narmada, Kalpasar, among other departments. She has also retained revenue, disaster management, urban development and urban housing, which she had been heading till now. However, the road and buildings department, which Anandi was handling until now, has been given to Nitin Patel.
Saurabh Patel, who was widely tipped to take charge of the industry department, has been given responsibility of the finance department, which means that he would present the next state budget. He also retains energy and petrochemicals, mines and minerals, cottage industry, salt industry, tourism, planning, labour and employment. Ramanlal Vora retains social justice and empowerment while sports and cultural activities have been taken away from him. Similarly, Bhupendrasinh Chudasma has been relieved of the responsibility of panchayats and rural development. Ganpat Vasava retains forest and environment. But he has been divested of the woman and child development department.
Four ministers of state have been given independent charge of the departments taken away from the four senior cabinet ministers.