New Delhi, May 30, 2019 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath of office for the second time in a row at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday evening.
The event saw foreign dignitaries, leaders from the Opposition parties, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, in attendance. Earlier in the day, the mystery over Amit Shah’s place in the new government got clear as the BJP president will be a minister in the new government. Party’s Gujarat president Jity Vaghani confirmed the development. Shah contested and won from the Gandhinagar constituency in Gujarat, a bastion of party veteran LK Advani, reported IndianExpress.
Before the swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his new Council of Ministers at his residence. PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah had held talks earlier today to reportedly finalise the list of Union ministers.
The event was attended by nearly 8,000 guests, including foreign dignitaries and chief ministers and governors, and watched by millions across the world via live telecast. The guests attending the swearing-in ceremony were treated to high tea at PM Modi’s residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. President Ram Nath Kovind will later host a private dinner for the leaders. The size of the gathering is seen as a reflection of the massive mandate received by Modi government in the Lok Sabha election.
25 Cabinet ministers, 33 Minister of State take oath
BJP leader Rajnath Singh, party chief Amit Shah, senior leader Nitin Gadkari also were also sworn in as cabinet ministers along with Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad and others.
A total of 58 ministers are in the new cabinet. The Council comprises of 25 Cabinet Ministers, 9 Minister of State (Independent Charge) and 24 Minister of State(MoS). In terms of parties, the BJP has 54 cabinet ministers, while the SAD, LJP, Shiv Sena and the RPI(A) have one cabinet each. State wise allotment in the cabinet shows that there are 9 ministers from UP, 8 from Maharashtra, 5 from Bihar, 4 from Karnataka and 3 from Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan each. There are six women in Prime Minister Modi’s new cabinet.