Mr Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister of India for the second time today after a phenominal victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Over 50 ministers joined him in the swearing-in held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of 8,000 guests including world leaders, dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and industrialists.
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Narendra Modi, just after being sworn in as the Prime Minister for the second time, changed his bio on twitter.
He also tweeted a live video of the oath taking cermony
Shah, who is 54, is likely to handle one of the top four ministries in the cabinet, particularly the finance portfolio, according to sources. Amit Shah, who has been PM Modi’s right hand for over two decades, designed PM Modi’s campaigns in 2014 as well as 2019.
In PM Modi’s second government, two prominent leaders are missing. Are — Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. Ministers including Rajyavardhan Rathore, Jayant Sinha, JP Nadda and Anant Hegde were also missing.
In Mr Jaitley’s absence, who will be finance minister is a big question. Mr Jaitley had yesterday written to PM Modi that he would like to opt out of the new government because of his poor health.
“I am writing to you to formally request you that I should be allowed a reasonable time for myself, my treatment and my health and therefore, not be a part of any responsibility, for the present, in the new government,” wrote the former Finance Minister, who is a diabetic and had a kidney transplant last year.
Smriti Irani, who defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his family bastion of Amethi, is expected to be rewarded with a big ministry. Amethi, had been the Gnadhi family’s traditionalseat which the family had been holding for four decades.
Top opposition leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi, industrialists, film stars and a group of leaders from BIMSTEC countries were in the audience.
Nitish Kumar, who is part of the NDA, was visibly miffed and declined a ministerial berth from his party as only one berth was allocated to his party JDU in the cabinet.
“They wanted just one person fom the JD(U) in the cabinet, so it would have been just a symbolic participation.We informed them that it is ok we don’t need it. It is not a big issue, we are fully in NDA and not upset at all.We are working together,no confusion”, he maintained.
Mr Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar, had reportedly asked for two ministries.
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance returned to power with a whopping victory in 352 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP won 303 seats on its own, as per its campaign slogan, “Abki baar teen sau paar” and unanimously elected Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister for the next BJP government at the centre.