Modi’s historic second
   Date :31-May-2019

The Hitavada Correspondent, Agencies
“Amit Shah joins Cabinet, S Jaishankar surprise inclusion ”
“ SCRIPTING a new chapter in modern India’s contemporary story, Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister for a second term on Thursday after he was sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind, with Union Ministers, including BJP President Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, a surprise pick. The elite audience cheered cheerily as the 68-year-old Modi took oath of office and secrecy at a grand ceremony at the majestic Rashtraparti Bhawan.”
The historic ceremony was marked with sober grandeur that suited the style of Narendra Modi, as thousands of elite present on the occasion and millions of Indians glued to their TV sets watched the nation’s Destiny taking a dynamic step forward. A happy mood descended the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan as 57 chosen persons took oath of office one after another. “Honoured to serve India!” tweeted Modi after taking oath for the second consecutive term.

 Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari and other NDA leaders before taking oath as Union Ministers during the swearing-in at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan. (ANI)
Apart from Shah, Singh, Gadkari, the other top leaders who were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers included D V Sadananda Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman and Ram Vilas Paswan. While the inclusion of Shah, seen as BJP’s key strategist who helped the party to expand its base after taking over the reins of the party in 2014, was much speculated, Jaishankar, considered close to Modi, was a surprise pick. Some of the key Ministers in the previous Modi Government, including Sushma Swaraj, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Maneka Gandhi were not part of the new Council of Ministers. Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had written to Modi on Wednesday and said that he didn’t want to be a part of new Government on health reasons.
Top Opposition leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, corporate honchos, film stars, Chief Ministers and a galaxy of leaders from BIMSTEC countries were part of the nearly 8,000 guests at the ceremony. Others who took oath of office as Cabinet Ministers are -- Narendra Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Thanwar Chand Gehlot, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Arjun Munda, Smriti Irani, Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prahlad Joshi, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Arvind Sawant, Giriraj Singh and Gajendra Shekhawat. Those who took oath as Minister of State with Independent charge are -- Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Rao Inderjit Singh, Shripad Yesso Naik, Jitendra Singh, Kiren Rijiju, Prahalad Singh Patel, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh L Mandaviya. The Minister of State are --Faggan Singh Kulaste, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Arjun Ram Meghwal, V K Singh, Krishan Pal, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao, G Kishan Reddy, Parshottam Rupala, Ramdas Athawale, Sadhvi 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.
There are 24 Cabinet Ministers and as many MoS’ while nine others were given MoS with Independent charge rank. Modi can have as many as 80 Ministers in the 543-member Lok Sabha. As per the Constitution, the total number of Union Ministers, including the Prime Minister shall not exceed 15 per cent of the number of members in the LS.
This is the second time Modi took the oath at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Modi was sworn in by the then President Pranab Mukherjee in 2014 in the presence of over 3,500 guests including the heads of SAARC countries. Earlier, Chandra Shekhar in 1990 and Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1999 were sworn in at the sprawling forecourt. Leaders of BIMSTEC countries including President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, President of Myanmar U Win Myint and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering also attended the gala event. From Thailand, its Special Envoy Grisada Boonrach represented the country. Besides India, BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) comprises Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan as members. Kyrgyz President and current chair of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, and Mauritius PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth also attended the event. It was an eclectic gathering. Among those invited were the families of the BJP workers allegedly killed during political violence West Bengal as well as those of one of the martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack. After the event, there were light snacks and then a dinner hosted by the President for about 40 guests. A centrepiece of the dinner was ‘Dal Raisina’, cooked painstakingly over 48 hours.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi cabinet MINISTERS
1. Rajnath Singh
2. Amit Shah
3. Nitin Gadkari
4 Deve Sadananda Gowda
5. Nirmala Sitharaman
6. Ramvilas Paswan
7. Narendra Singh Tomar
8. Ravi Shankar Prasad
9. Harsimrat Kaur Badal
10. Thawar Chand Gehlot
11. Dr. S Jaishankar
12. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
13. Arjun Munda
14. Smriti Irani
15. Dr Harsh Vardhan
16. Prakash Javadekar
17. Piyush Goyal
18. Dharmendra Pradhan
19. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
20. Prahlad Joshi
21. Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey
22. Dr Arvind Sawant
23. Giriraj Singh
24. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
1. Santosh Kumar Gangwar
2. Rao Indrajit Singh
3. Shripad Naik
4. Dr. Jitendra Singh
5. Kiren Rijiju
6. Prahlad Singh Patel
7. Rajkumar Singh
8. Hardeep Singh Puri
9. Mansukh Lal Mandaviya
1. Faggan Singh Kulhaste
2. Ashwini Kumar Choubey
3. Arjun Ram Meghwal
4. General V K Singh
5. Krishan Lal Gurjar
6. Raosaheb Danve
7. G. Kishan Reddy
8. Parshottam Rupala
9. Ramdas Athawale
10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
11. Babul Supriyo
12. Dr. Sanjieev Balyan
13. Sanjay Dhotre
14. Anurag Singh Thakur
15. Suresh Angadi Basappa
16. Nityanand Rai
17. Rattan Lal Kataria
18. V. Muraleedharan
19. Renuka Singh Saruta
20. Som Parkash
21. Rameshwar Teli
22. Pratap Sarangi
23. Kailash Choudhary
24. Debasree Chaudhuri