The Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, Bhaskar Bhattacharya administered oath of office and secrecy to Kohli. Several state ministers and top officials were present during the oath ceremony.

Om Prakash Kohli replaced Dr Kamla Beniwal, who had frosty relations with the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, especially on the issues like appointment of Lokayukta and on approving certain legislations, including one that provides for 50 percent reservation to women in local bodies, which were passed by the state Assembly.

Meanwhile, during his interaction with media after the ceremony, Om Prakash Kohli said, "It's like home-coming for me. Gujarat is like a home to me. Earlier, I had stayed in Bhavnagar in Saurashtra region in the state. It is not unknown territory for me. This is the state of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel and I am very happy to be here."

On working with Anandi Patel, the first woman chief minister of the state, Om Prakash Kohli said, "She is like my sister. We had been together as members of Rajya Sabha and we were sharing a good rapport."

A former chief of BJP's Delhi unit in 2009, Kohli has been associated with BJP since his student days and was made the president of the party's student wing, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) before becoming the president of the Delhi University Teachers Association.

However, Beniwal was transferred to Mizoram in a gubernatorial reshuffle effected by the BJP-led NDA government on July 6, where she will serve the remainder of her term till November.

(JPN/Agencies)

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