Narendra Modi takes oath as Prime Minister of India for second term with 57 Ministers

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NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi was on Thursday sworn in as country’s Prime Minister of India for a second term, heading the National Democratic Alliance government in the presence of a large gathering of national and international dignitaries.

Modi, 68, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at a glittering ceremony at the forecourt of majestic Rashtraparti Bhavan.

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 a galaxy of leaders from BIMSTEC countries were part of the nearly 8,000 guests at 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.

Leaders of BIMSTEC countries including President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, President of Myanmar U Win Myint and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering also attended the gala event.

From Thailand, its Special Envoy Grisada Boonrach represented the country. Besides India, BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) comprises Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan as members.

Kyrgyz President and current chair of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, and Mauritius PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth also attended the event.

Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, The President has appointed the following as Members of the Union Council of Ministers:-

Cabinet Ministers

1.       Shri Raj Nath Singh

2.       Shri Amit Shah

3.       Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari

4.       Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda

5.       Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

6.       Shri Ramvilas Paswan

7.       Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

8.       Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad

9.       Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal

10.    Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot

11.    Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

12.    Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

13.    Shri Arjun Munda

14.    Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani

15.    Dr. Harsh Vardhan

16.    Shri Prakash Javadekar

17.    Shri Piyush Goyal

18.    Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

19.    Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

20.    Shri Pralhad Joshi

21.    Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey

22.    Shri Arvind Ganpat Sawant

23.    Shri Giriraj Singh

24.    Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

 

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

1.       Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar

2.       Rao Inderjit Singh

3.       Shri Shripad Yesso Naik

4.       Dr. Jitendra Singh

5.       Shri Kiren Rijiju

6.       Shri Prahalad Singh Patel

7.       Shri Raj Kumar Singh

8.       Shri Hardeep Singh Puri

9.       Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya

 

Ministers of State

1.        Shri Faggansingh Kulaste

2.       Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey

3.       Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal

4.       General (Retd.) V. K. Singh

5.       Shri Krishan Pal

6.       Shri Danve Raosaheb Dadarao

7.       Shri G. Kishan Reddy

8.       Shri Parshottam Rupala

9.       Shri Ramdas Athawale

10.    Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

11.    Shri Babul Supriyo

12.    Shri Sanjeev Kumar Balyan

13.    Shri Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao

14.    Shri Anurag Singh Thakur

15.    Shri Angadi Suresh Channabasappa

16.    Shri Nityanand Rai

17.    Shri Rattan Lal Kataria

18.    Shri V. Muraleedharan

19.    Smt. Renuka Singh Saruta

20.    Shri Som Parkash

21.    Shri Rameswar Teli

22.    Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi

23.    Shri Kailash Choudhary

24.    Smt. Debasree Chaudhuri