Gandhinagar: After inducting four new ministers (two each of cabinet and state ranks), Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel today carried out a major reshuffle of the portfolios.
The newly-inducted cabinet ministers are former deputy speaker of Assembly Mangu Patel and Rajkot MLA Vijay Rupani. The new ministers of state are former fisheries minister Purshottam Solanki and Somnath MLA Jasha Barad.
In the reshuffle, Patel took one portfolio each from the four existing cabinet ministers -- health minister Nitin Patel, finance and energy minister Saurabh Patel, education and civil supply minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and agriculture minister Babu Bokhiria.
She also changed portfolios of some of the existing MoS.
New cabinet minister Vijay Rupani was given three major portfolios: road transport (earlier Nitin Patel), water supply (from Babu Bokhiria) and labour and employment (earlier with Saurabh Patel).
The CM also took away science and technology from cabinet minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, keeping it with herself, while giving legislative and parliamentary affairs to him.
Mangu Patel, who belongs to a tribal community, has been given forest and environment and tribal development. Both the portfolios were earlier held by cabinet minister Ganpat Vasava, who was recently elected as the Speaker.
MoS Purshottam Solanki was alloted animal husbandry, which was earlier held by Bachu Khabad. Khabad now has the charge of fisheries and forest and environment.
Another new MoS, Jasha Barad, was given agriculture and civil aviation. Earlier, agriculture was with MoS Govind Patel and civil aviation with MoS Jayesh Radadia.
Govind Patel was given energy and petrochemicals and science and technology today. Radadia retained his old portfolio of tourism, and got water supply too, which was earlier with Govind Patel.