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Narendra Modi takes oath as Prime Minister for 2nd term

Except Amit Shah, all others were ministers in Prime Minister's cabinet during his first tenure

Thursday May 30, 2019 8:51 PM, ummid.com News Network

Modi Swearing Ceremony

[Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling on President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan. (File)]

New Delhi: Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi, who led the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a spectacular victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, on Thursday took oath as the Prime Minister.

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy in Hindi to Modi at a ceremony attended by thousands of people at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Among others who took oath as minister along with PM Modi incuded BJP Chief Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani and Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Except Amit Shah, all others were ministers in Prime Minister's cabinet during his first tenure. Other new faces in Modi's cabinet are Goa MP Shripad Naik, Dharwad MP Pralhad Joshi, Nityanand Rai and Suresh Angedi.

Former Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, who played a key role in shaping the foreign policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modis first term, has also taken oath as minister today at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Jaishankar's induction in the Council of Ministers marks a recognition of the exceptional work of what he did in the Foreign Ministry.

Sushma Swaraj, Suresh Prabhu, Jayant Sinha and V.K. Singh were dropped from the new ministry.

Arun Jaitley had earlier today said he will not be in the cabinet. Jaitley was Finance Minister in the last cabinet. Though no official clarification has been made, it is speculated that his health has deteriorated and he has refused to be in the cabinet on health ground.

Janata Dal (U) which fough the 2019 Lok Sabha elections forming an alliance said it will not be part of the government. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that his Janata Dal-United will not be part of the Narendra Modi government as it did not want "symbolic representation".

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