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PM Modi Begins New Term With 57 Ministers: Film, Business Celebs Attend Modi's Oath-Taking Ceremony

Darpan News Desk IANS, 30 May, 2019

    The who's who of business, cinema, politics and sports gathered to be witness of the return of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and formation of his new cabinet at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, here on Thursday.

     

    A red carpet was laid out for the guests for the oath-taking ceremony which took place as the sun set in the national capital, where the temperature was well above 40 degrees.

     
     

     
     

    Modi, who led the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a spectacular victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was administered the oath of office and secrecy in Hindi by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony attended by around 8,000 people.

     
     

    From the business world, there were Lakshmi Mittal, Ratan Tata, Gautam Adani, Mukesh Ambani with Nita and son Anmol, T. S. Kalyanaraman, Tata Group Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Vedanta's Founder and Chairman Anil Agarwal.

     

    The 1983 World Cup winning team skipper Kapil Dev was also present among the guests.

     
     

    Spiritual master Sadhguru took a prominent seat at the event, which was also attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former President Pratibha Patil, along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad seated prominently.

     
     

    Film celebrities Kangana Ranaut chose a gossamer white sari for the occasion, and veteran singer Asha Bhosle also chose an elegant cream for the event. Also present were Karan Johar, superstar Rajinikanth, besides Anupam Kher, Sushant Singh Rajput, Shahid Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Kapoor, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Boney Kapoor, Madhur Bhandarkar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Aanand L. Rai, Omung Kumar, Rajkumar Hirani, Kapil Sharma, Kailash KherAshoke Pandit and Mahaveer Jain -- all were dressed in either formal suits or simple ethnic wear.

     

    Rajinikanth was accompanied by his wife Latha, as was Shahid, who came with Mira.

     

    Ahead of the event, Anil Kapoor wrote on Instagram: "Honoured to be attending one of the most important ceremonies of the year."

     

    Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra told IANS that he was humbled to be a part of the "historic moment".

     
     

    "The question is not what we expect from them. The question is what each Indian will do for their Motherland," he said.

     

    Kangana, a day before reaching Delhi to be a part of the ceremony, had told the media: "There are a lot of expectations associated with him (Modi)... So all my best wishes for him that whatever goals he has set for himself, he reaches all of them."

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Here’s the full list of the new council of ministers who took along with PM Modi

     
     

    Cabinet ministers

     

    Rajnath Singh

     

    Amit Shah

     

    Nitin Gadkari

     

    Sadananda Gowda

     

    Nirmala Sitharaman

     

    Ram Vilas Paswan

     

    Narendra Singh Tomar

     

    Ravi Shankar Prasad

     

    Harsimarat Kaur Badal

     

    Thaawarchand Gehlot

     

    S Jaishankar

     

    Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

     

    Arjun Munda

     

    Smriti Irani

     

    Harsh Vardhan

     

    Prakash Javadekar

     

    Piyush Goel

     

    Dharmendra Pradhan

     

    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

     

    Prahlad Joshi

     

    Mahendra Nath Pandey

     

    Arvind Sawant

     

    Giriraj Singh

     

    Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

     
     

    Ministers of state with independent charge

     
     

    Santosh Kumar Gangwar

     

    Rao Inderjit Singh

     

    Shripad Yesso Naik

     

    Dr Jitendra Singh

     

    RK Singh

     

    Kiren Rijiju

     

    Prahlad Singh Patel

     

    Hardeep Singh Puri

     

    Mansukh Mandaviya

     
     

    Ministers of state

     
     

    Faggansingh Kulaste

     

    Ashwini Kumar Choubey

     

    Arjun Ram Meghwal

     

    V. K. Singh

     

    Krishan Pal

     

    Danve Raosaheb Dadarao

     

    G. Kishan Reddy

     

    Parshottam Rupala

     

    Ramdas Athawale

     

    Niranjan Jyoti

     

    Babul Supriyo

     

    Sanjeev Kumar Balyan

     

    Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao

     

    Anurag Singh Thakur

     

    Angadi Suresh Channabasappa

     

    Nityanand Rai

     

    Rattan Lal Kataria

     

    V. Muraleedharan

     

    Renuka Singh Saruta

     

    Som Parkash

     

    Rameswar Teli

     

    Pratap Chandra Sarangi

     

    Kailash Choudhary

     

    Debasree Chaudhuri

     
    20 NEW MINISTERS, GIANT KILLERS IN MODI 2.0 TEAM
     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed the refresh button and inducted 20 new faces in his council of ministers rewarding giant killers in the Lok Sabha election and dropping some of the most visible faces of his team -- finance minister Arun Jaitley, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and commerce minister Suresh Prabhu.


    While Jaitley's omission had become public on Wednesday as he opted out on health grounds, the absence of Sushma and Prabhu came as a surprise.


    A bigger surprise, however, was the inclusion of former foreign secretary S. Jaishankar into the cabinet.


    In the last five years, despite serious ailment, Sushma had won accolades for turning foreign office into people's ministry and Suresh Prabhu was seen as the "to go" man handling key ministries including railways.


    The tallest among the first-time ministers is party president Amit Shah who was seated third in the row of seniority after the PM and Rajnath Singh. He was followed by Nitin Gadkari and Sadanand Gowda.


    The first indication of Amit Shah's progression into the government had come when he decided to contest Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar. After scripting historic victory for the BJP in the election, he was seen as a natural claimant for a prominent position.


    The Modi-Shah team will now be in play in the government after scoring a series of electoral wins.


    Those who fought valiantly in the election were rewarded even if they were first-time MPs.


    First-time MP from Secunderabad G Krishan Reddy was awarded with MoS berth. Kailash Choudhary, a young BJP leader who fought a tough battle in Barmer against Madhavendra Singh of the Congress (formerly with BJP), was a rewarded with MoS rank.


    Debashree Choudhary, who won from Raiganj in West Bengal in a tough fight, is now a minister.


    Pratap Chandra Sarangi, first-time MP from Balasore in Odisha, got the maximum cheers as he is already known on the internet for his humble lifestyle, has been made a minister.


    Even among allies, Arvind Sawant of Shiv Sena who defeated Milind Deora of Congress in South Mumbai, has joined the cabinet.


    Some promiment names like Rajyavardhan Rathore, Jayant Sinha and Maneka Gandhi have been dropped.

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