PM Modi while being sworn in | source: twitter

Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his new Council of Ministers at 4.30 pm at his residence, according to PTI.

Top leaders of the BJP, including Modi and BJP Chief Amit Shah, have been discussing the much-anticipated list of Council of Ministers for the past three days.

Today, 30 May, both the leaders, after paying respects at Rajghat, Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, and National War Memorial, held talks at Modi’s 7 Lok Kalyan Marg residence to give final touches to the candidates’ list.

Meanwhile, calls have been made to NDA leaders who will be inducted in the Modi Cabinet 2.0 today. The leaders who will be asked to take oath at the swearing-in ceremony have, reportedly, been called to meet PM Modi at 4:30 pm today at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.

Here’s a probable list of PM’s Council of Ministers in 2019

NIRMALA SITHARAMAN

She has previously served as the Union Minister of Defence since 2017 and has served as Member of the Rajya Sasha, since 2016. Sitharaman is India’s second female defence minister. Sources say she is likely to retain the defence portfolio.

SUSHMA SWARAJ

A senior leader of BJP, Swaraj has previously served as the Union Minister of External Affair since 26 May 2014. She is the second woman to hold the office, after Indira Gandhi. She has also been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament.

RAJNATH SINGH

Previously, he served as the Home Minister of India. Before, he has also held the post of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and as a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government. He has been the President of the BJP twice, 2005 to 2009 and 2013 to 2014. He is currently an MP from Lucknow.

SMRITI IRANI

In the Indian general election, 2019, she defeated Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, the seat Gandhi had been retaining for 15 years and his family has held continuously for four decades. Irani  has previously served in the Ministry of HRD, Textiles and later Information and broadcasting after Venkaiah Naidu vacated the post to become the Vice President of India.

NITIN GADKARI

He has previously served as the Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. Gadkari earlier served as the President of the BJP from 2010-2013. He is, currently,  an MP from Nagpur constituency.

AMIT SHAH

Shah has been the BJP National President since 2014. He was MP of the Rajya Sabha from 2017 to 2019. In the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Shah won the Gandhinagar constituency — which was previously represented by LK Advani —he represented to become an MP for the first time in the Lok Sabha.

S JAISHANKAR

He is an Indian diplomat who served as the Foreign Secretary from January 2015 to January 2018. He joined Indian Foreign Service in 1977.

KIREN RIJIJU

He is an Indian lawyer and politician from Arunachal Pradesh. A member of the BJP, Rijiju was previously the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs. He represents the Arunachal Pradesh West constituency.

RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD

Prior to the general elections of 2019, he held the Information & Technology, Law and Telecom portfolios in the Modi government. He is currently the MP from Patna Sahib Constituency.

PRAKASH JAVADEKAR

Previously, he headed the Human Resource Development ministry since 2016, replacing Smriti Irani. Besides HRD, he held the Environment as well as Information & Broadcasting portfolios earlier. He is currently a Rajya Sabha MP.

PIYUSH GOYAL

He is well known as the Union Railways Minister. Also, he has handled the Finance Ministry in Arun Jaitley’s absence due to health concerns. Other than those, the Coal and Power ministries were also under him earlier. Currently he is a Rajya Sabha MP.

SADANAND GOWDA

Previosuly, he was the Statistics and Programme Implementation Minister. Before, he has also headed the Railways and Law ministries, besides  serving  as the 20th Chief Minister of Karanataka. Currenytly, he is the Member of Parliament  from Bengaluru North constituency.

ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL

He was earlier serving as the Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Parliamentary Affairs ministries in Government of India. He is cuurently an MP from Bikaner.

NARENDRA SINGH TOMAR

He was previously handling the ministries of Rural Development, Parliamentary Affairs, Panchayati Raj and Mines in the Government of India. He is currently an Mp from Morena.

DHARMENDRA PRADHAN

He was earlier the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas as well as Skill Development & Entrepreneurship in the NDA Government (2014).He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March 2018 from Madhya Pradesh.

G KISHAN REDDY

Till now, he was serving as the BJP President of Telangana after heading the BJP unit of undivided Andhra Pradesh. He is currently an MP from Secunderabad.

JITENDRA SINGH

Previosuly, he was Minister of State for (the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, and Department of Space. He is the present Member of Parliament from Udhampur.

SHOBHA KARANDLAJE

She was a member of the previous Lok Sabha representing the Udupi-Chickmagalur constituency. Plus, she has also served as the cabinet minister in the Government of Karnataka till 2013.

BABUL SUPRIYO

He has been elected as Member of Parliament from Asansol Currently. Previosuly, he was the Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in the Union Government. Besides, being a politician, he is an Indian playback singer, live performer, television host and actor.

SURESH ANGADI

Currently, he is a Member of the 17th Lok Sabha from Belgaum.  Further, he has been a four time MP from Karnartaka.

PRAHLAD JOSHI

Till now, he has served as the Ex-President of the Karnataka state unit of the BJP. Being elected four times from theDharwad, he is the present MP from the constituency.

ARJUN MUNDA

He is the Former Chief Minister of Jharkhand.  Having been elected as an MP from the prestigious Jamshedpur in 2009 general elections, he currently represents the Khunti constituency in the Lok Sabha.

SUBRAT PATHAK

He is the current MP from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh, defeating Dimple Yadav in the 2019 elections. He is also the Secretary of BJP’s UP unit.

V. MURALEEDHARAN

He is the eighth state president of BJP in Kerala and currently a Rajya Sabha member.

 

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RAMDAS ATHAWALE- RPI (A)

He is a senior politician from Maharashtra serving as the president of the Republican Party of India (A). He was the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the 2014 Modi government. At present, he represents Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha, while, earlier, he was the Lok Sabha MP from Pandharpur.

HARSIMRAT KAUR- SAD

She is a member of Shiromani Akali Dal while her husband Sukhbir Singh Badal is the party president. She was the Union Minister of Food Processing and cureently represents Bathinda in the 17th Lok Sabha.

ARVIND SAWANT- SHIV SENA

He is a senior leader from Shiv Sena and has served as cabinet minister in Maharashtra government earlier.Currently, he is a Member of Parliament from Mumbai South.

RAM VILAS PASWAN- LJP

He is a renowned politician from Bihar and president of the Lok Janshakti Party. He has been a former MP in the Rajya Sabha. Previously he has served as the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in the 16th Lok Sabha

Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, speculations were rife about who would be a part of the new Modi Cabinet. Notably, outgoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has requested to opt out of the incoming government owing to health concerns, however, PM Modi is believed to have asked him to reconsider his decision.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 7 pm in the presence of nearly 8,000 guests including leaders of BIMSTEC countries, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.

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