New Delhi: Narendra Modi has taken oath as India’s prime minister for the second time. President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Modi at the grand ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, on Thursday evening.
After Modi’s swearing in, Rajnath Singh, the home minister in the previous government, and Amit Shah, first time MP, took oath of office and secrecy. It is believed that after Modi, Rajnath Singh will be the second and Amit Shah will be third in the pecking order among ministers. It is to be noted that along with the PM, a total of 24 Cabinet ministers, 9 state ministers (independent charge) and 24 state ministers have taken oath.
Cabinet ministers: Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, DV Sadanand Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ram Vilas Paswan, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Thawar Chand Gehlot, S. Jaishankar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Arjun Munda , Smriti Irani and Dr. Harshvardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prahlad Joshi, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey.
Ministers of state (independent charge): Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Rao Inderjit Singh, Shripad Nayak, Dr Jitendra Singh, Kiran Rijiju, Prahlad Patel, Rajkumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Lal Mandviya.
Ministers of state: Faggan Singh Kulaste, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Arjun Ram Meghwal, VK Singh, Krishna Pal Gujjar, Rao Saheb Dadar, Gangapuram Kishan Reddy, Purushottam Rupala, Ram Das Athavale, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Babul Supriyo, Sanjeev Kumar Balian, Sanjay Dhotre, Anurag Singh Thakur took oath
It is worth mentioning that 19 of them have taken oath of office for the first time. Smriti Irani is the youngest among all ministers.
In the recently concluded Lok Sabha election, the NDA won 352 seats and the BJP alone won 303 seats, which is 30 seats more than the majority figure.