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Modi sworn-in as India’s 15th Prime Minister

Narendra Damodardas Modi was sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of the country today. A 45-member Union Council of Ministers, including 23 with Cabinet rank, 10 ministers of state with independent charge and 11 ministers of state, took oath along with Modi. President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to all ministers at a function in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan this evening.

President Rajnath Singh, party leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Venkaiah Naidu, Ravishankar Prasad, Sadanand Gowda, Uma Bharati, Najma Heptullah, Gopinath Munde, Kalraj Mishra, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Smriti Irani, Dr.Harsh Vardhan, Jual Oram, Narendra Singh Tomar, Radha Mohan Singh and Thavarchand Gehlot were sworn in as cabinet ministers. Besides LJP leader Ramvilas Paswan, Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete, Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Ashok Gajapati Raju of the TDP were inducted as cabinet ministers.

Rao Inderjit Singh, General (retd) V K Singh, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Sripad Naik, Dharmendra Pradhan, Sarvanand Sonwal, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goel, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Nirmala Sitharaman took oath as ministers of state with independent charge.

The ministers of state who took oath are GM Sidheswara, Sinha, Upendra Kushwaha, P Radhakrishan, Kiren Rijiju, Krishna Pal , Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan, Mansukhbhai Vasava, Rao Saab Danve, Deo Sai, Sudarshan Bhagat and Nihal Chand.

Top leaders from SAARC countries including Paksistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Bhutan Prime Minister TsheringTobgay, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam attended the ceremony.

Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, leaders of various other political parties and chief ministers of several states were present on the occasion, too.

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Surajit Dasgupta
Surajit Dasgupta
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life, the first national affairs editor of Swarajya, executive editor of Hindusthan Samachar and desk head of MyNation

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