After a lull of close to three months, the hustle and bustle was back in Gandhinagar.
Large numbers of people thronged the Sachivalaya on Monday to greet the newly-appointed ministers two days after they formally assumed charge of their new responsibilities on Saturday.
Security was relaxed at the Sachivalaya entry points for the steady stream of visitors, who came from all parts of the state with bouquets and sweet boxes to wish the ministers, many of who are first-time ministers and new to power.
Interestingly, chief minister Narendra Modi was not present in the Sachivalaya during the day.
Senior bureaucrats, representatives of corporate houses, real estate developers, farmers, and BJP leaders and workers were among those who had queued up at the seat of power in a bid to forge new ties or to reestablish old ones with the ministers.
Ministers occupying key portfolios such as finance, urban development and home were the most visited.
Finance minister Nitin Patel told reporters that he has already started work on the state’s budget, while social justice minister Ramanlal Vora asked visitors from his constituency to take back the bouquets they had brought for him so that they could gift the same to another minister.
Seven Cabinet ministers and nine ministers of state were sworn-in along with chief minister Narendra Modi on December 26. The allocation of portfolios was done in the first Cabinet meeting that took place three days later.
Radadia, Soma Patel may resign from LS
Elected as members of the legislative assembly in recently held elections, two Congress Members of Parliament have expressed their wish to resign from Lok Sabha and continue as MLAs in the Gujarat assembly. Vitthal Radadiya, Congress MP from Porbandar parliamentary constituency, and Soma G Koli Patel, Congress MP from Surendranagar, had won the assembly elections from Dhoraji and Limbdi constituencies respectively.
Sources in the Election Commission have indicated that according to the rules, people’s representatives cannot hold posts of MP and MLA. In case they are holding such a post, they will have to resign from either within 15 days of announcement of election results.
Both Radadiya and Patel will have to take a decision by January 3 else their post held in previous election will be cancelled. This means that if they do not resign by January 3, 2013, they will cease to be MP and continue as MLA.