After a magnificent victory, Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers were sworn in for a second consecutive term with 8,000 people packing into the forecourt of the historic British-era presidential palace in New Delhi.
With the swearing-in of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new Council of Ministers, several new faces like BJP president Amit Shah, former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar were made part of Prime Minister’s Cabinet whereas several Previous Cabinet ministers were retained like Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharam and Smriti Irani.
The new Council of Ministers has 24 Cabinet ministers, 9 Ministers of State with independent charge and 24 Ministers of State.
There are a total of 24 new faces — seven hold Cabinet rank, one Minister of State (independent charge) and 16 Ministers of State. Among the prominent ones to take the oath were Anurag Thakur, Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant and S Jaishankar, who served as Foreign Secretary in the first Modi ministry.
Here is the list of ministers who took oath in the ceremony.
Cabinet ministers: Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, DV Sadananda Gowda , Nirmala Sitharaman, Ram Vilas Paswan, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Thawarchand Gehlot, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Arjun Munda, Smriti Irani, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javdekar, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prahlad Joshi, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Arvind Sawant, Giriraj Singh, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Ministers of State: Faggan Singh Kulhaste, Ashwini Choubey, Arjun Meghwal, V K Singh took the oath as ministers of state. Krishan Pal Gurjar, Raosaheb Danve, G Kishan Reddy, Purshottam Rupala and Ramdas Athawale take oath as ministers of state. Niranjan Jyoti, Babul Supriyo, Sanjeev Balyan, Sanjay Dhotre, Anurag Thakur and Suresh Angadi.
Talking about the states, the second Narendra Modi-led government has the maximum representation of 10 faces from the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who represents Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, followed by seven from Maharashtra and six from Bihar.
The Modi government 2.0 also has three ministers each from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana- the states where voters gave the BJP a clean sweep – followed by two each from West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
However several high-profile ministers from the previous government were left out of the line-up.
Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had cited health reasons to not be part of the new government. Sushma Swaraj also opted out due to health reasons.
Other exclusions included Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore, Maneka Gandhi- who will be the pro-tem or interim Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Uma Bharti, Suresh Prabhu, Radha Mohan Singh, KJ Alphons, Jayant Sinha, JP Nadda and Vijay Goel.
Top opposition leaders including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, corporate honchos, film stars, chief ministers and leaders from BIMSTEC countries were part of the ceremony.
This is the second time Modi took the oath at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi was sworn in by the then President Pranab Mukherjee in 2014 in the presence of over 3,500 guests including the heads of SAARC countries.
Earlier, Chandra Shekhar in 1990 and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999 were sworn in at the sprawling forecourt.
(With inputs from agency)