Oath-taking ceremony LIVE: Modi, ministers sworn in at a grand ceremony

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes oath of office and secrecy for the second consecutive term, at the swearing-in ceremony at forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi
Narendra Modi took charge as Prime Minister for a second term on Thursday after he was sworn in along with Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari as his top ministers.

Modi, 68, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. "Honoured to serve India!" tweeted Modi later.

BJP president Shah will join the central government for the first time. Foreign secretary S Jaishankar will join the cabinet too. 

As many as 24 cabinet ministers, 9 ministers with independent charge, and 24 ministers of state were sworn in.

Over 10,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed on account of Modi's swearing-in ceremony. 

Modi won a massive mandate in the general election that ended this month after focusing his campaign on national security.


The new ministers: take a look

UP gets maximum berths in Modi govt

The new government has 10 ministers from Uttar Pradesh--the most among states. It's followed by Maharashtra (7) and Bihar (6). Prime Minister Narendra Modi represents Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh's temple town, in Lok Sabha.

First-time ministers

One-third of the 24 cabinet ministers in the new government are first-timers--including BJP president Amit Shah and former foreign secretary S Jaishankar. Six cabinet ministers and 13 ministers of state will serve in the union council of ministers for the first time. Two former chief ministers-- Ramesh Pokhriyal (Uttarakhand) and Arjun Munda (Jharkhand) -- will be union ministers for the first time.

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Sharad Pawar skips swearing-in over seating arrangement

Sharad Pawar, president of the Nationalist Congress Party, didn't attend the government's swearing-in at Rashtrapati Bhavan after he was allotted a seat in the fifth row, PTI reported. "It was not right" given that Pawar is a former union minister and a former Maharashtra chief minister, said a NCP spokesperson.

Opposition parties' meeting cancelled

Opposition parties have called off their Friday meeting in New Delhi where they were to discuss their reasons for defeat in elections. Some leaders were unavailable, PTI reported quoting sources.

Modi congratulates his ministers

36 ministers sworn in for second term

Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javadekar were among the 36 ministers who were sworn in Thursday for a second term, besides 20 MPs who took oath of office as cabinet ministers for the first time. As many as 24 cabinet ministers were sworn innine took oath as ministers of state (Independent charge) and 24 others as ministers of state. Here is the full list of ministers.

Mother's pride

Swearing-in ceremony ends

Debasree Chaudhuri was the last minster to be sworn. 24 cabinet ministers, 9 ministers with independent charge, and 24 ministers of state were sworn in

Kailash Chaudhary, Debasree Chaudhuri sworn in

Kailash Chaudhary, BJP MP from Barmer in Rajasthan, Debasree Chaudhuri, BJP MP from Raiganj in West Bengal are sworn in. They are ministers of state.

Teli, Sarangi sworn in

Rameswar Teli, BJP MP from Dibrugarh in Assam, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, BJP MP from Balasore in Odisha who hit headlines for his frugal life, are sworn in.

Renuka Singh Saruta, Som Parkash sworn in

Renuka Singh Saruta, BJP MP from Surguja in Chhattisgarh, and Som Parkash, BJP MP from Hoshiarpur in Punjab and a former IAS officer, is sworn in. They are both ministers of state.

Kataria, Muraleedharan sworn in

Rattan Lal Kataria, BJP MP from Ambala, and V Muraleedharan, BJP leader from Kerala, are sworn in.

Angadi, Rai sworn in

Suresh Angadi, BJP MP from Belagavi, is sworn in as minister of state. Nityanand Rai, BJP Bihar chief and MP from Ujiarpur, is sworn in.

Anurag Thakur sworn in

Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, BJP MP from Akola in Maharashtra, is sworn in. Himachal BJP leader Anurag Thakur is sworn in too. Thakur is MP from Hamirpur.

Babul Supriyo, Sanjeev Balyan sworn in

Babul Supriyo, playback singer who became a politician and was a minister in the last government, is sworn in. Sanjeev Balyan, BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh, is sworn in.

Athawale sworn in

Ramdas Athawale, Dalit leader and an ally in the NDA government, takes oath of office. 'Sadhvi' Niran Jyoti, outgoing junior minister for food processing industries, takes oath of office. 

'Bharat Mata ki Jai!' says Secunderabad MP in swearing-in

G Kishan Reddy, BJP MP from Secunderabad, is sworn as minister of state. He ends his oath by shouting "Bharat Mata ki Jai". Parshottam Rupala, outgoing panchayati raj minister and BJP leader, takes oath of office.

Krishan Pal Gurjar, Dadarao Patil sworn in

Krishan Pal Gurjar, MP from Haryana's Faridabad, and Dadarao Patil, MP from Jalna in Maharashtra, are sworn in as ministers of state.

Arjun Meghwal, V K Singh sworn in

Arjun Ram Meghwal, outgoing state minister and MP from Bikaner, takes oath of office. Retired General V K Singh, the former army chief and outgoing junior external affairs minister, takes oath of office.

Mandaviya, Kulaste, Choubey sworn in

Mansukh L Mandaviya, Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat who used to cycle to Parliament, takes oath of office. Faggan Singh Kulaste, junior health minister in outgoing government, is sworn in. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MP from Buxar in Bihar, takes oath of office. They are all ministers of state.

RK Singh, Hardeep Puri sworn in

Raj Kumar Singh, the former union home secretary who joined politics and was junior power minister in the outgoing government, is sworn in. Hardeep Singh Puri, the outgoing urban affairs minister and a former diplomat, takes oath of office too 

Kiren Rijiju sworn in

Kiren Rijiju, MP from Arunachal Pradesh and outgoing junior home minister, is sworn in. Prahlad Patel, outgoing union minister, takes oath of office too.

Sripad Naik sworn in

Sripad Naik, BJP MP from North Goa, takes oath of office. He was AYUSH minister in the last government. Dr Jitendra Singh, BJP MP from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, takes oath of office.

Gangwar sworn in as minister with independent charge

Santosh Singh Gangwar, outgoing labour minister, is the first to be sworn in as minister of state with independent charge. He is followed by Rao Inderjit Singh, BJP MP from Gurugram.

Giriraj Singh, Gajendra Shekhwat sworn in

Giriraj Singh, BJP MP from Bihar's Begusarai and outgoing union minister, takes oath of office. Gajendra Singh Shekhwat, MP from Jodhpur, sworn in too. 

Pandey, Sawant sworn in

Mahendra Nath Pandey, BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh, and Arvind Ganpath Sawant, Shiv Sena MP from Mumbai South, take oath of office.

Naqvi sworn in

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the outgoing minority affairs minister, takes oath of office. Pralhad Joshi, former president of Karnataka BJP, takes oath of office.

Dharmendra Pradhan sworn in

Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP leader from Odisha and outgoing petroleum minister, is sworn in. 

Javadekar, Goyal sworn in

Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal, outgoing HRD and railway ministers, take oath of office.

Smriti Irani takes oath of office

BJP leader Smriti Irani, who has been called 'giant killer' for defeating Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi Lok Sabha seat, takes oath of office. Delhi BJP leader Harsh Vardhan is sworn in too.

Jaishankar, Pokhriyal sworn in

Former diplomat S Jaishankar and former Uttarakhand Ramesh Pokhriyal take oath of office. Arjun Munda, tribal leader and a former Jharkhand chief minister, is sworn in too.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal sworn in

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Akali leader from Punjab and outgoing food processing minister, is sworn in. Thawar Chand Gehlot, outgoing social justice minister, is also sworn in.

Tomar, Prasad sworn in

Narendra Tomar and Ravi Shankar Prasad, who were rural development and law ministers in the outgoing government, take oath of office.

Sadananda Gowda, Sitharaman sworn in

Karnartaka BJP leader D V Sadananda Gowda and Nirmala Sitharaman, the outgoing defence minister, are sworn in. BJP ally Ramvilas Paswan follows them to take oath of office.

Shah, Gadkari sworn in

Amit Shah, who strategised BJP's electoral victory, takes oath of office after Prime Minister Modi and Rajnath Singh. Shah is joining the union government for the first time and is likely to be made the finance minister. Nitish Gadkari, senior BJP leader from Maharashtra, is sworn in after Shah.
Narendra Modi takes oath of office as Prime Minister by President Ram Nath Kovind. Rajnath Singh follows Modi.

Modi takes oath of office

Narendra Modi takes oath of office as Prime Minister by President Ram Nath Kovind. Rajnath Singh follows Modi.

Sushma Swaraj opts out

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, the outgoing external affairs minister, is seen sitting among guests attending the swearing-in ceremony. She is not among ministers waiting to be sworn in.

Ministers to be

NDA leaders who will be sworn in as ministers are seen seated on a stage. Amit Shah sits next to Rajnath Singh, who was minister in the last government.

Won't join Modi govt, but will support it: Nitish Kumar

TV news channel NDTV reports Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) will not join the BJP-led government, rejecting offers made for ministerial posts. The JD (U) and the BJP contested the Bihar elections togehter. "We did not agree with the BJP offer, but we are standing with the NDA," says Nitish Kumar, according to NDTV.

A view of the Rashtrapati Bhawan

Stage set for swearing-in

Rashtrapati Bhawan forecourt fills up as politicians, industrialists, film stars, foreign leaders come in for the swearing-in ceremony of the Narendra Modi government. BJP president Amit Shah, who is likely to join the government as finance minister, is seen shaking hands with people.

Jagan Mohan Reddy takes charge as Andhra CM

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy increases old age pension for the poor in his first decision after taking over as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh today. Reddy signed a file for enhancing the monthly pension from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000. "You all blessed me so much that you gave me a victory as big as the sky. I have seen your troubles, listened to your grievances. I assure you that I am here to address all of them," said Reddy, 46, after taking oath of office in Hyderabad.

Rahul Gandhi meets NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Congress president Rahul Gandhi meets Sharad Pawar, leader of the Maharashtra-focused Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), at his residence in Delhi. The Congress and the NCP fought the Maharasthra Lok Sabha elections together, but were routed by the BJP and Shiv Sena alliance. 

Former diplomat S Jaishankar likely to join govt: Report

S Jaishankar, the former foreign secretary in Narendra Modi's government, is likely to be sworn in as a minister, reports CNBC-TV18. Jaishankar, a China expert, left the government to join the Tata Group as president of global corporate affairs. 

Amit Shah to join govt: Gujarat BJP leader

BJP president Amit Shah is going to join the Narendra Modi government as a minister, Jitu Vaghani, BJP chief in Gujarat. "Had a courtesy meeting with our mentor Amit Shah and gave my best wishes to him on his inclusion as a strong member of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers," Vaghani says on Twitter.

Amit Shah to join govt: Gujarat BJP leader

BJP president Amit Shah is going to join the Narendra Modi government as a minister, Jitu Vaghani, BJP chief in Gujarat. "Had a courtesy meeting with our mentor Amit Shah and gave my best wishes to him on his inclusion as a strong member of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers," Vaghani says on Twitter.

Were jobs an election issue? An analysis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept the Lok Sabha elections despite employment touching a 45-year high in the aftermath of demonetisation. This led some analysts to say job creation was not a key electoral issue. But our columnist Naushad Forbes explains in his third, and concluding, opinion piece on jobs here, India does indeed need high-quality jobs. 

I won't resign: HD Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy says in New Delhi his coalition government is safe and he won't resign. Kumaraswamy, leader of Janata Dal-Secular, has been under fire after the BJP won the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka. CNN-News18 quoted Kumaraswamy as saying that he was in Delhi for PM Modi's swearing-in and he had met Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Kumaraswamy governs Karnataka along with the Congress.

Modi congratulates Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, Adhra's new CM

Prime Minister Modi congratulates Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who was sworn in as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. "I assure full cooperation from the Centre. We will work together to take Andhra Pradesh to new heights," said Modi on Twitter.

BJP workers celebrate ahead of PM Modi's swearing-in

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on Thursday evening, Bharatiya Janata Party workers prayed for their leader and wished him for his second tenure.
While BJP workers in Kanpur offered prayers at Radha Madhav Temple, hundreds of supporters in Agra distributed sweets and raised slogans like 'Har Har Modi', 'Modi once again', and 'Vande Mataram'.
Workers of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Aligarh performed a 'yagna' and dedicated it to the Prime Minister. Read more here

Modi swearing-in: Raisina Hill gears up for its biggest-ever event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a final round of consultations with BJP president Amit Shah and is learnt to have given shape to his council of ministers ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of his new government in the evening.

Sources said Modi government 2.0 is likely to have representation from most allies and showcase the party's newfound strength in different regions.
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Ministers selected for oath of office to meet PM Modi at 4:30 pm today

Ministers selected for oath of office will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 4.30 on Thursday, shortly before the swearing-in ceremony, sources said.
Earlier in the morning, the prime minister held a final round of consultations with BJP president Amit Shah to give shape to his council of ministers before sending the list to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Modi and Shah have held several rounds of discussions in the last two days ahead of government formation. Read more here

List of ministers who received calls to be sworn in today

Smriti Irani, Santosh Gangwar, Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sadananda Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman etc are among the leaders who received calls from Narendra Modi (TV sources)

Modi swearing time

Narendra Modi will today be sworn-in as the Prime Minister for second consecutive time at 7pm.
All ministers who are set to take oath will meet PM Narendra Modi at 4.30 pm today at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.

Piyush Goyal and Bhupender Yadav at BJP party president Amit Shah's residence in Delhi.

Ministers taking oath today will meet Modi at 4.30 pm

All ministers who are set to take oath will meet PM Narendra Modi at 4.30 pm today at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg (ANI sources)

Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi included in the list 
Economy in focus as Modi starts second term without key aide Arun Jaitley

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President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, arrives in Delhi

President of Myanmar, U Win Myint, arrives in Delhi

President of Myanmar, U Win Myint, arrives in Delhi. He will attend PM Narendra Modi's oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan later today.

Saamna, Manoj Tiwari takes a dig on Mamata for declining invitation for Modi's swearing-in ceremony

BJP's ally Shiv Sena has slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her decision to skip Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony.
"If Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister again, then democracy will be in danger, such doubts were expressed by opponents. Mamata Banerjee was amongst the foremost people who made such noise of fighting against Modi's dictatorship. But Modi has been elected democratically and is taking oath within the constitution," Shiv Sena mouthpiece "Saamna" said in its editorial titled "Ishwariya Yojana".

"Unko aana bhi nahi chahiye (she shouldn't even be coming)," said the actor-turned-politician, Manoj Tiwari, on being asked about the TMC chief's decision to skip the ceremony.

Mamata to skip Modi swearing-in over 'untrue claims' of BJP workers' murder
Read here to more to know why Mamata refused to be a part of Modi's swearing-in ceremony. 

Meeting between Modi and Amit Shah is underway at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg

A meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah is underway at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi

B-town celebrities Vivek Oberoi, Boman Irani arrive in Delhi for Modi's swearing-in

Vivek Oberoi, who recently starred in the biopic 'PM Narendra Modi', arrived in Delhi along with Boman Irani to witness Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
Oberoi referred to Modi's oath-taking day as a "big day for the whole country", Irani said, "Congratulations to the BJP, we hope that they keep standing on to our expectations as they have been doing for the past five years. 

Amit Shah meets Modi ahead of swearing-in ceremony

BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday reached the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi hours ahead of the formation of the new government and swearing-in ceremony.
This is the third round of meeting between the top two leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the last three days. Read more here

Gangwar, Prahlad Joshi, Prahlad Patel among front-runners for Speaker's job

The countdown for the election of the new Lok Sabha Speaker will begin only after formation of the government on May 30, but there are several names doing the rounds for the most prestigious post in Parliament.

Among those who can replace Sumitra Mahajan are Santosh Gangwar, Pralhad Joshi, Prahlad Patel and Narendra Singh Tomar. Read more here

Uddhav Thackeray & family to attend swearing-in

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister for a second consecutive time, accompanied by his wife Rashmi and son Aditya.

The Shiv Sena is now the second largest constituent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), having a total of 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha and another three in Rajya Sabha.
Prime Minister Modi then visited the 'Sadaiv Atal', the memorial of Vajpayee. Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including party chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, J P Nadda, Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Suresh Prabhu and Dharmendra Pradhan were also present.

Besides, the four proposers of Modi, the vice-chancellors of Banaras Hindu University, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, industrialists, head of Kashi Vidwat Parishad and local dignitaries are also among the invitees to the oath-taking ceremony.
All MLAs, MLCs, state level, Kashi region, city unit office-bearers as well as poll management team members from Varanasi also figure in the list.

250 guests at Rashtrapati Bhawan will have a special gallery 'Kashi Sankul'

A special gallery called "Kashi Sankul" is being set up at the Rashtrapati Bhawan to accommodate the 250 special guests who have been invited from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister on Thursday.

Read more here 

Will Amit Shah make his debut in PM's cabinet?

BJP President Amit Shah, the most trusted by Modi, is expected to make his debut into the PM's cabinet this time. He is expected to take the role of either the home or finance ministry. 
Know more about other portfolios key BJP members may get this time. Click here

India is proud of all those brave men and women martyred in the line of duty, tweets Modi

PM Modi paid tribute to brave soldiers at the Rashtriya Samar Smarak. 

Who can replace Amit Shah as BJP president if he gets a Cabinet berth?

Speculations are on that Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, may take over as the next BJP President if Amit Shah gives up the post. 

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Sheikh Hasina to skip Modi's swearing-in ceremony for second time

For a second time, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will not attend the event as she will be on a three nation foreign visit

Who will attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony

Following are the leaders that will attend the Modi swearing-in ceremony today

  • Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh
  • Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka
  • Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • U Win Myint, President of Myanmar
  • Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius
  • KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal
  • Dr Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan
  • The Special Envoy of Thailand, Grisada Boonrach
  • President of the Kyrgyz Republic and Prime Minister of Mauritius

Dal Raisina, a speciality of Rashtrapati Bhavan's kitchen, will be the highlight of the dinner. The main ingredients for Raisina are brought from Lucknow and is cooked for about 48 hours. The preparations started on Tuesday

With Indian VIPs and dignitaries from various industries, the number of the guest list is set to cross the 8,000 mark. Read more here

Modi swearing-in ceremony: Security beefed up in Delhi, 10,000 personnel deployed

A multi-layered security arrangement will be in place in the city on Thursday, with deployment of around 10,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces.

Snipers has been deployed atop several important buildings as Modi visits Rajghat, Sadaiv Atal Samadhi and National War Memorial. 

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Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth arrives in Delhi to attend swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi

Foreign Secy Vijay Gokhle receives Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering, on his arrival in Delhi

PM Modi visits the National War Memorial in New Delhi.

Modi, Shah pay tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah early morning today paid tribute at Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, the memorial of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

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