Live: SIT formed to bring back black money, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
7.22 pm: SIT formed to bring back black money, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Minister of Telecommunication, Law and Justice today after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first cabinet meet says an SIT was formed to bring back black money from abroad.
"We have constituted SIT to bring back black money. This was an important issue for us. The head of this SIT is justice MB Shah.," he says.
"Director of CBI, RAW, Financial Intelligence will also be a part of the SIT," he says.
5.00 pm: Hope India, Pak overcome legacy of mistrust, says Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif today said that during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi he conveyed his wishes that the confrontation should turn in to co-operation.
Sharif in a brief press conference said, "I conveyed to PM Modi that it was important for us to work together for peace. I urged that we had to strive to change confrontation to co operation."
"We hope our people over come the legacy of mistrust and misgivings," he said.
Sharif told the media, "I am very pleased to be in New Delhi at Modi's invitation. He invited me and I felt great pleasure in responding positively. I had a constructive meeting. It was held in a warm and cordial atmosphere. It should be historic opportunity for both our countries."
"I recalled to PM Modi my invitation to PM Vajpayee to Lahore in February 1999. I expressed to Modi that we have a common agenda of development that cannot be fulfilled without peace," Sharif said.
"PM Modi warmly reciprocated my sentiments and remarked that my visit to Delhi was seen as a special gesture by the people of India," he said.
4.40 pm: PM Modi meets Manmohan Singh at his residence
Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former prime minister Manmohan Singh at his residence.
Television reports suggest that it was a courtesy call following the transition of power form one leader to the other and the meeting could last up to 10-15 minutes.
4.10 pm: Modi brings up fisherman's issue with Rajapaksa, says MEA
During his meeting with Rajapaksa, Sujatha Singh says, that Narendra Modi hoped that Sri Lanka will initiate a process of national reconciliation in a manner that meets the needs of the Tamils.
"They also discussed fisherman's issue and economic cop-operations. Both leaders expressed the desire to further strengthen India and Sri Lanka relations," she said.
4.06 pm: Modi's meeting with Saarc leaders was substantive, says MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs said that Narendra Modi's meeting with all the Saarc leaders were substantive and successful.
During his meeting with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said that Modi, "conveyed that Pakistan must abide by its commitment to maintain cross border ceasefire" and also asked for necessary steps on speedy trial in the 26/11 attacks case.
Singh said that, "Both the prime ministers agreed that the Foreign Secretaries will stay in touch. The two countries could move to full trade normalisation very soon. Modi expressed hope that India-Pakistan relations would progress like with other Saarc nations."
On Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said, "The foreign secretaries will be in touch to see the best way forward."
3.35 pm: Sharif to address media soon
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will address the media shortly. He met Modi earlier today for almost an hour and discussed various issues.
2.00 pm: Trial in 26/11 attacks too slow, says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif the probe into the 26/11 Mumbai attacks saying it was progressing slowly, sources have toldNDTV.
Modi also reportedly brought up the issue cross border terrorism and LoC violations saying they must end if talks were to continue, news channels reported.
1.30 pm: Sharif-Modi meeting ends, media briefing likely
The bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif ended beyond the set time of 35 minutes that was allotted.
ABP News reports that the issues of terrorism and most favoured nation (MFN) status were discussed in the meeting.
While a joint statement by the two leaders is unexpected, Sharif could address the media later today before he leaves back for Pakistan.
Delhi: Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif leaves Hyderabad House after meeting PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/CnPmjmn0OY
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 27, 2014
12.40 pm: Sharif-Modi meet, to discuss bilateral issues
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart at Hyderabad House in New Delhi this afternoon ahead of bilateral talks.
The meeting between the two leaders on day one of Modi's government is expected to be a mere formality and contentious issues such as cross border terrorism and Kashmir are not expected to be discussed.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has also attended the meeting.
Sharif earlier today offered prayers at the Jama Masjid and also visited the Red Fort. He will fly back to Pakistan later today.
12.20 pm: Special Parliament session in first week of June?
A special Parliament session is likely to be convened in the first week of June where newly elected MPs will be sworn in at a joint session by President Pranab Mukherjee.
The Budget session of Parliament is expected to be held in July.
11.45 am: PM Modi to meet Nawaz Sharif soon
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at 12 pm, where the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral ties. While they are not expected to discuss terrorism and the Kashmir issue in detail, the issues will find mention in their talks. Another important discussion will be cross-border trade.
Sharif is the first Pakistani leader to attend a swearing-in ceremony in India.
11.20 am: New ministers take charge, say development is the buzz word
On day one of Modi sarkar, various ministers officially took charge of their assigned ministries promising to take up pending work immediately.
Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla, who is the oldest in the cabinet, said the government's focus would be on governance and development.
"Reservation isn't the solution, development is," Heptulla said.
Ravi Shankar Prasad took charge as the Law and Justice Minister while Kiren Rijiju took charge as MoS (Home).
10.47 am: PM Modi meets Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa
Despite protests from political parties in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi.
Rajapaksa, who attended Modi's swearing-in on Monday evening, is accused of war crimes against Tamilians in the northern regions of the country.
Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa skipped Modi's swearing-in ceremony and did not send a representative from her party - AIADMK - either.
10.35 am: Modi meets Maldives President Yameen Abdulla
After meeting with Afghanistan's outgoing President Hamid Karzai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Maldives President Abdulla at Hyderabad House.
Post this meeting, Modi is expected to meet with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapkasa.
Delhi: President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Gayoom meets PM Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House pic.twitter.com/fT9nI737di
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 27, 2014
10.15 am: Balancing act on inflation needed, says Jaitley
Arun Jaitley, who has been given charge of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, took charge of his Ministry early this morning and said a balancing act on inflation would be needed.
"Controlling inflation, controlling fiscal deficit will be a priority. I'm taking over as Finance Minister at a very challenging time."
Jaitley also confirmed that a Cabinet expansion could happen soon, and that the Defence Ministry was only an additional charge allotted to him.
10.00 am: Modi meets Afghan President Karzai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj this morning met Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai at Hyderabad House in the national capital.
While the meeting lasted less than an hour, Modi is expected to have discussed the recent terror attack on the Indian Consulate in Herat.
Delhi: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai meets PM Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House pic.twitter.com/WR4IU7802O
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 27, 2014
9.10 am: Finally, the council of ministers and their ministries are out
PM Narendra Modi: Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space
Rajnath Singh - Home Affairs
Sushma Swaraj - External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs
Arun Jaitley - Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs Ministry
Nitin Gadkari - Transport Ministry, Highways and Shipping
Smriti Irani - Human Resource Development
Venkaiah Naidu - Urban Development, Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
Maneka Gandhi - Ministry of Women and Child Welfare
DV Sadananda Gowda - Railways
Uma Bharti - Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Najma A Heptullah - Minority Affairs
Gopinathrao Munde - Rural Development, Panchayati Raj Drinking Water and Sanitation
Ramvilas Paswan - Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Kalraj Mishra - Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Ananth Kumar - Chemicals and Fertilizers
Ravi Shankar Prasad - Communications and Information Technology, Law and Justice
Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati - Civil Aviation
Anant Geete - Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Harsimrat Kaur Badal - Food Processing Industries
Narendra Singh Tomar - Mines Steel Labour and Employment
Jual Oram - Tribal Affairs
Radha Mohan Singh - Agriculture
Thaawar Chand Gehlot - Social Justice and Empowerment
Dr Harsh Vardhan - Health and Family Welfare
MoS - Including Independent Charge
General VK Singh
Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge)
Overseas Indian Affairs
Inderjit Singh Rao
Planning (Independent Charge)
Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge)
Santosh Kumar Gangwar
Textiles (Independent Charge)
Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Shripad Yesso Naik
Culture (Independent Charge)
Tourism (Independent Charge)
Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge)
Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
Power (Independent Charge)
Coal (Independent Charge)
New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
Dr. Jitendra Singh
Science and Technology (Independent Charge)
Earth Sciences (Independent Charge)
Prime Minister Office
Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy
Department of Space
Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)
Chemicals and Fertilizers
Drinking Water and Sanitation
Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Road Transport and Highways
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan
Food Processing Industries
Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava
Raosaheb Dadarao Danve
Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Vishnu Deo Sai
Labour and Employment
Social Justice and Empowerment
09.00 am: Modi takes charge at PMO, pays homage to Gandhi
A day after being sworn in as prime minister, Narendra Modi arrived at South Block this morning and officially took charge. The first images that appeared showed Modi browsing through an iPad, a clear indication that the new government is going to be tech savvy.
Before taking charge, Modi offered tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
Delhi: 15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi takes charge pic.twitter.com/FLBKQkZOXC
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 27, 2014
On Monday night, Modi had a meeting with senior government officials to discuss the bilateral talks that will be held all through today.
He is expected to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at around 12.45 pm.
Updates end for 26 May
10:39 pm: After Modi's swearing-in, SPG takes charge of his security
Moments after Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister today, elite Special Protection Group took over his security forming a ring around him as well as Gujarat Bhavan where he is temporarily staying.
Senior officials said, the SPG which protects the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers and their families, had sanitized the Gujarat Bhavan as Modi was expected to stay there for a couple of days before moving into the prestigious 7 Race Course Road, the official residence of the PM.
9.34 pm: Modi's swearing-in telecast live on Pakistan TV channels
The oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi as the 15th Prime Minister of India was shown live by Pakistani television channels highlighting the presence of various high-profile guests, such as Premier Nawaz Sharif, other SAARC leaders, Bollywood stars and corporate bigwigs.
Different TV stations also presented special talk shows on the occasion and experts explored the possibility of opening of new chapter in relations between Pakistan and India.
9.02 pm: Narendra Modi's mother Hiraben watches live coverage of Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony
Far away from the high octane events unfolding in Delhi, Narendra Modi's 92-year-old mother Hiraben watched her son being sworn-in as the country's Prime Minister on a TV in her small room in her Gandhinagar home. Times of India reports that the 92-year-old seemed unfazed by the huge crowd of people and media personnel who had turned up outside her house.
8.45 pm: Nawaz Sharif to meet Vajpayee?
Nawaz Sharif seems to be on an NDA-tour to India, it seems. After accepting his invitation amid much speculation, Sharif has expressed his wish to visit Atal Behari Vajpayee in Delhi. Times Now reports that Nawaz Sharif might meet Vajpayee before leaving for Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Chinese premier Li Keqiang congratulated Narendra Modi and said that he hopes to boost bilateral relations with the country. Modi's cabinet should be thankful that no one has bothered to translate Modi speeches to Chinese - ones in which he takes a dig at the country for venturing into Indian territory. IANS reports: "In the message, Li said China and India were important neighbours, as well as the two largest emerging-market countries in the world."
Barack Obama has reached out to Modi again and congratulated him after he took oath as the Prime Minister. PTI reports:
US President Barack Obama today congratulated Narendra Modi on being sworn-in as India's 15th Prime Minister and said he looks forward to working with the new leader to strengthen the strategic partnership. "President Obama congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and the new Indian government on their swearing-in today," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
7.48 pm: Modi headed for banquet dinner
According to reports on CNN IBN, Narendra Modi is now headed for the banquet dinner where is slated to host the SAARC leaders.
And if the guests are getting an early dinner, they have just Pranab Mukherjee to thank! Like Firstpost editor Sandip Roy jokes, "Pranab-da looks at his watch. Those potoler dolmas are getting close."
Mukherjee was seen looking at his watch wearily as the event drew to a close and the customary photo ops began. However, while the most anticipated moment of the evening - the Modi-greets-Sharif one - turned out to be a damp squib of sorts with the leaders briefly shaking hands and smiling like they never shared a 'dehati aurat' joke, it was the President who made up for it. President Mukherjee shook Sharif's hands for a prolonged few seconds and even squeezed in a bit of a conversation.
7.43 pm: Narendra Modi in no hurry to get to 7 Race Course Road
While one might have thought Narendra Modi was in a tearing hurry to get to 7 Race Course Road - the official residence of the country's Prime Minister, he seems to be taking it easy. CNN IBN reports that Modi will spend a couple of days in Gujarat Bhawan itself. The date when he will shift to the official residence has not been finalised yet.
7.39 pm: Muzaffarnagar riots accused Sanjeev Baliyan sworn in as a member of the cabinet
Sanjeev Baliyan, who was implicated in the Muzaffarnagar riots case, was sworn in today as a minister of state, raising eyebrows galore. However, this shouldn't come as a surprise as two riots accused were felicitated after they were released from jail. That too at a Narendra Modi rally.
Nirmala Sitharaman, Maneka Gandhi, Ramvilas Paswan, Nitin Gadkari, Venkaiah Naidu was also sworn in.
7.23 pm: Modi's oath-taking ceremony ends with chants of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'
While Narendra Modi's transformation from challenger to statesman seems to have been smooth, his coterie of BJP MPs still have the strong anti-shehzada poll campaign hangover, it seems.
While there was a faint hum of some Modi-chanting during the oath-taking ceremony, the function ended with a handful of people shouting 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'. Now where did you hear it the last time? You're right! In several Modi rallies.
This would be the kind of the ending that would make JP Dutt - he of Border and LoC Kargil fame - proud. The victors chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai right at the face of the Pakistani PM. The others are a bonus!
6.41 pm: And the heat's getting the guests already
Firstpost editor Sandip Roy observes that, if there's anyone apart from Sonia Gandhi who's having a hard time surviving the oath-taking ceremony, it has to be President Pranab Mukherjee. From what we have seen till now, Mukherjee has to say 'main' almost 90 times, while the ministers take oath. "This is hard on Pranab-da's knees. He keeps having to get up and sit down," tweets Roy.
Meanwhile, long shots of the swearing-in ceremony show a flurry of handkerchiefs, papers, brochures fluttering rapidly. While you might mistake it as the diplomatic function's equivalent of the pom-pom, its actually the Delhi heat that has the audience break into the unintended cheerleading routine.
However, you have to give the Bollywood stars their due! Viveik Oberoi nor Salman Khan has not been captured on camera indulging into any such expression of low tolerance for heat - or each other. However, it is Hema Malini-versus- Kanjeevaram-versus-Delhi heat that's the most fascinating spectacle unfolding at this moment. And there's little doubt that the veteran actress is winning the battle hands down - we haven't spotted her flick a lock of her hair even till now!
6.32 pm: And finally Pranab Mukherjee finds something to say...
... and that's by ticking off Ashok Gajapathi Raju. The member of Modi's cabinet starts off his speech without taking his name, when Pranab Mukherjee, in the familiar tone of an affable Bengali school principal reminds him that he has to take his name. "Please say your name... your name," he chides the new minister.
Meanwhile, Firstpost's executive editor Lakshmi Chaudhry notes, "So how do they decide whether to take the oath in Hindi or English? And what does it say that Maneka took it in English -- too Lutyens (Gandhi) to read shuddh Hindi?"
6.20 pm: Meanwhile, Prime Minister of India's website updated
The website of the Indian Prime Minister has quickly been updated with Modi taking oath as the Prime Minister of India. It now has pictures of Modi and a message from the new Prime Minister. Following is the welcome message from the Prime Minister that greets you when you visit the website now.
"A very warm welcome to the official website of the Prime Minister of India.
On 16th May 2014 the people of India gave their verdict. They delivered a mandate for development, good governance and stability. As we devote ourselves to take India’s development journey to newer heights, we seek your support, blessings and active participation. Together we will script a glorious future for India. Let us together dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development.
I envision this website as a very important medium of direct communication between us. I am a firm believer in the power of technology and social media to communicate with people across the world. I hope this platform creates opportunities to listen, learn and share one’s views.
Through this website you will also get all the latest information about my speeches, schedules, foreign visits and lot more. I will also keep informing you about innovative initiatives undertaken by the Government of India."
6.15 pm: Venkaiah Naidu, Arun Jaitley too sworn in
Sushma Swaraj races through her oath like it's a speed reading competition, compared to Modi and Rajnath who did their best to sound serious and statesman like. Jaitley sounds like he is reading a flyer.
The sole Muslim on Modi's cabinet takes the oath and Times Now promptly cuts to Rahul Gandhi -- who now has a beard, again. Guess there aren't any more campaign posters to pose for.
Firstpost editor Sandip Roy observes, "Najma Heptullah breaks the southern monopoly over oath taking in English. And adds a Lutyens accent to the ceremony making it more inclusive."
6.10 pm: Narendra Modi sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India
This was probably the moment the BJP had kicked off its campaign dreaming of, so when Narendra Modi completed taking oath as the country's 15th Prime Minister, his enthusiastic MPs could be forgiven for almost beginning to chant congratulatory slogans in the venue. There was a rousing round of applause alongside a faint chorus applauding Modi as Narendra Modi took charge as the prime minister of the country.
Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj was sworn in soon after Modi.
However, Pranab Mukherjee greeted Modi with a dazzling, deeply pleased smile after the PM was sworn in. Don't blame Sonia Gandhi if she develops a deep resentment for the very phenomenon of the human smile!
6.00 pm: Narendra Modi reaches Rashtrapati Bhavan
Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi has reached Rashtrapati Bhavan. He betrays very little excitement though, unlike a many of his visibly excited coterie of supporters present at the venue. He is seen striding to his seat calmly, stopping to greet and Jaitley, Swaraj and Rajnath Singh for a moment.
5.40 pm: Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi reach Rashtrapati Bhavan
If political events could be lauded for 'casting coups' Narendra Modi's swearing-in is already blockbuster material. Soon after Sonia Gandhi entered the Rashtrapati Bhavan, firmly striding ahead of a smiling Rahul Gandhi accompanying her, Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif reaches the venue.
On entering, he is greeted by none other than former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Ironically enough though, meeting Nawaz Sharif in Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony had the former PM smiling into the cameras in a long, long time people would say. Sharif, in fact, has found himself a seat right beside Manmohan.
If the Modi-Sonia, Manmohan-Modi-Nawaz combinations were not exciting enough, the camera soon veered to Salman Khan, sitting gaunt and quiet alongside father Salim Khan, whereas Viveik Oberoi, is seen flitting around from seat to seat, smiling and greeting people like he's at a party in his own terrace.
5.21 pm: Viveik Oberoi makes a splashing entry into Rashtrapati Bhavan
In a gathering dominated by monochromes - the brightest colour being the red of the turban worn by the Rashtrapati Bhavan guard - Viveik Oberoi makes a filmy entry in a dark purple Nehru jacket. Looking like he's auditioning for another instalment of Ramgopal Verma's Sarkar , Oberoi walks in wearing his BJP love on his sleeve... well, almost.
Emulating Modi, Oberoi is seen wearing a 'white lotus' as a brooch. And a few feet away, Salman Khan, clad in a black jacket is seen staring into the air, possibly feeling discomfited at having to wear something which doesn't have 'Being Human' scribbled on it, at a public event.
4.55 pm: Nawaz Sharif leaves hotel, headed towards Rashtrapati Bhavan
According to visuals available to Times Now, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been spotted leaving the Taj Mansingh Hotel for the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Arun Jaitley was also spotted leaving his residence. A visibly pleased Jaitley, however, refused to answer questions and left after saying 'Thank You' to the reporters thronging the gates of his residence.
Meanwhile, in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the winning party and its allies are seen socialising. Though Shiv Sena expressed displeasure at not having bagged any important ministry, Uddhav Thackeray and son Aditya Thackeray were seen greeting Venkaiah Naidu warmly.
Murli Manohar Joshi was also spotted at the venue, alongside Chandrababu Naidu, who failed to bag a ministry, despite hoarsely backing Modi throughout the campaign. Joshi, however, most media reports observed, looked obviously crestfallen.
Can't blame the man, though. First he yielded his constituency to PM nominee Modi, then the party's new stance on age has left him out of the ministry. According to sources, the BJP is putting a strict under-75 policy in place, in the process keeping out old leaders from the cabinet.
4.44 pm: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh prepares to leave 7 Race Course Road
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is preparing to leave left 7 Race Course Road. Mock drills of the process is underway. There are also reports that Nawaz Sharif is all set to leave for the ceremony in a while, where as Narendra Modi is supposed to leave Gujarat Bhawan for the Rashtrapati Bhavan fifteen minutes before the oath-taking is slated to begin.
4. 00 pm: Modi's youngest and oldest ministers are women
When Narendra Modi's cabinet is sworn-in today, the youngest minister will be Smriti Irani (38 years), while the oldest will be Najma Heptullah (74 years), a former Congress leader who switched over to the BJP.
Interestingly, both - Irani and Heptullah are Rajya Sabha MPs.
3.20 pm: Extremely grateful to everyone, says Smriti Irani
While refusing to confirm if she has been allotted the HRD Ministry, BJP Vice President Smriti Irani said she was grateful to the people for giving her this opportunity to serve the nation. "I'm grateful that I can serve the country... extremely grateful to every voter for instilling their hope in us," she said.
"We went to Amethi with a promise of development whether Rahul is in power there or not," she added, when asked about her unsuccessful contest against Rahul Gandhi.
3.10 pm: Who gets what in Modi's Cabinet
According to Times Now, these are the portfolios allotted to key ministers in Narendra Modi's Cabinet, which will be sworn-in this evening at 6 pm.
Arun Jaitley - Defence and Finance Ministry
Rajnath Singh - Home Affairs
Sushma Swaraj - Ministry of External Affairs
Ananth Kumar - Parliamentary Affairs + additional charge
Nitin Gadkari - Surface Transport Ministry and Shipping Ministry
Sadanand Gowda - Railways Ministry
Venkaiah Naidu - Urban Development Ministry
Ravi Shankar Prasad - Telecom Ministry, Law and Justice Ministry
Maneka Gandhi - Women and Child Development Ministry
Najma Heptullah - Ministry of Minorities
Smriti Irani - HRD Ministry
Radha Mohan Singh - Agriculture Ministry
Nirmala Sitharaman - MoS Commerce
Piyush Goel - MoS Power (Independent)
Prakash Javadekar - MoS Information & Broadcasting
2.22 pm: Arun Jaitley to get Finance plus Defence
Arun Jaitley, who is tipped to be the country's next finance minister, could also get additional charge of Defence, news channel Times Now reports quoting sources.
Earlier reports had suggested that Narendra Modi could retain the Defence Ministry.
1.55 pm: Must have good ties with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, says RSS
"It's a historic day. It is good that we have reached out to our neighbours and invited them. Whether it be Pakistan or Sri Lanka, we need to have good ties with all," RSS leader Ram Madhav told CNN-IBN.
1.40 pm: Cabinet expansion in a month, hints Shiv Sena
Upset with its party getting only one ministerial berth in Modi's cabinet, Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete has said that his party will get two more berths in a month, when the Cabinet is expanded.
"Yes I am the sole minister from Shiv Sena in the cabinet, more will be inducted after cabinet expansion in a month," he told news agency ANI.
Yes I am the sole minister from Shiv Sena in the cabinet,more will be inducted after cabinet expansion in a month-Anant Geete,Shiv Sena
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 26, 2014
1.37 pm: Najma Heptullah, sole Muslim face in Modi's cabinet
Najma Heptullah, among the seven women ministers, is the only Muslim MP in the Cabinet. Her seniority and background under which she had parted ways with Congress, has been counted as her merit.
Unfortunately for Muktar Abbas Naqvi, his good organisational skill became his undoing. He will continue to do the “good work” for the upcoming assembly elections in Maharastra, Jharkhanad and Haryana.
1.20 pm: Modi will be India's 8th youngest PM
When sworn in today, Narendra Modi will be the 8th youngest Prime Minister of India, at the age of 63 years and 246 days.
At the top of the list, put out by stats man Mohandas Menon, is Rajiv Gandhi, who became PM at the age of 40 years, 72 days.
Rajiv Gandhi - 40 years, 72 days
Indira Gandhi 48 years, 66 days
Pandit Nehru 57 years, 274 days
VP Singh 58 years, 160 days
Lal Bahadur Shastri 59 years, 251 days
HD Deve Gowda 63 years, 14 days
Chand Shekhar 63 years, 132 days
Narendra Modi 63 years, 246 days
Youngest Indian PMs RGandhi 40y-72d IGandhi 48-66 Nehru 57-274 VPSingh 58-160 Shastri 59-251 Gowda 63-14 C'Shekar 63-132 N Modi 63-246
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 26, 2014
12.45 pm: Lone Tamil Nadu BJP MP to be part of Modi's Cabinet, Ramadoss left out
Pon Radhakrishnan, the Tamil Nadu's state BJP chief and the party's only MP in Tamil Nadu, could get a see-in, but would be something of a featherweight, even if he was MoS in the Vajpayee government and was instrumental in tying up Rajnikanth's support for the BJP.
Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, former union minister and now an NDA MP from Tamil Nadu (he won on a PMK ticket) is also not on the list.
If Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh is indeed given a place as an MoS, it would be only because the former Congressman switched loyalties weeks before the election and retained his seat. Singh is being seen as a major face of the BJP in Haryana.
Another surprise is Raosaheb Danve from Jalna in Marathwada. If the four-time MP gets a MoS position, he would owe it to Gopinath Munde extracting his due for the party's growing strength in Marathwada.
12. 33 pm: Who from the BJP are missing from Modi's cabinet list?
Narendra Modi is likely to head a cabinet which will include 23 ministers of Cabinet rank, 10 MoS with Independent Charge and 11 MoS. The entire list of cabinet members was sent to the President without portfolios.
But who are the prominent leaders missing from the list?
Amit Shah, pegged as the next party-building strategist for the BJP which is determined to grow roots in parts of the country where its presence is currently minimal.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Balbir Punj, JP Nadda, Varun Gandhi and Kirit Somaiya are the prominent ones among others.
12.23 pm: Ajit Doval to be the next NSA of India?
Ajit Kumar Doval, the former director of Intelligence Bureau, is likely to take over as the next National Security Advisor, media reports have said. Doval had earlier made public a meeting he had with Narendra Modi raising speculation of his role in the government.
In an earlier article on Firstpost, former CBI director RK Raghavan had argued that Doval's knowledge of Pakistan will be of much help to the Modi government.
"Doval and I were colleagues at the IB. I have seen him work doggedly and achieve remarkable results. He is rated high in operations, and is therefore a right choice in dealing with our neighbours, especially Pakistan. His knowledge of the ISI and its bellicose stance towards us is of particular relevance to the current situation. We expect the new Prime Minister to be polite and courteous to friend and foe, but without losing the verve to hit back when provoked. The new NSA will have to be in sync with this difficult style, and if my assessment of Doval is correct, he will fit the bill admirably. I know he has also his own detractors in high places in the previous administration. Hence he had to lie low for nearly a decade. He has bounced back with a vengeance and determination to prove himself. I see no reason why he should not succeed." Read more here.
12.15 pm: Shiv Sena upset with just one Cabinet berth
Among the likely Ministers of State is Upendra Kushwaha, the Bihar backward caste leader of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party and now ally of Paswan and the BJP.Giving the senior ally Shiv Sena only one Cabinet berth in Anant Geeta and two for the NDA in Bihar (Paswan and Kushwaha) appears a bit lopsided, even assuming that caste mathematics has had a major role to play in allotting the ministerial berths.
The combined number of the MPs belonging to the three-party Bihar NDA is 31, including 22 of the BJP, six of Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP and three of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) led by Upendra Kushwaha. The Shiv Sena has 18 MPs. In 1999, when the Sena had 15 MPs, it had three ministerial berths in the NDA, not to mention that its MP Manohar Joshi was also later made Lok Sabha Speaker.
Also raising some doubts is the fact that while Smriti Irani has been pegged for a Cabinet berth, senior MPs including Prakash Jawadekar and Piyush Goel have been pegged as junior ministers.
12.02 pm: Modi to keep Defence ministry to himself?
Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi is likely to keep the defence ministry to himself, media reports have said.
Meanwhile, Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India chairman Nripendra Mishra has been appointed as the principal secretary to Prime Minister.
11.52 am: Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi not in Modi's cabinet
BJP veteran MM Joshi will not be a part of Modi's cabinet, NDTV reports, as he is above the age of 75 years, a supposed cut-off list for cabinet members set by Narendra Modi.
Also not in the list is BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy who defeated Lalu Prasad's wife Rabri Devi. In a tweet, he said he'll continue to work for the party.
My best wishes to the newly elected Prime Minister @narendramodi and his cabinet. I shall continue to look after the party work.
— Rajiv Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) May 26, 2014
11.47 am: Arun Shourie left out from Union Cabinet?
Arun Shorie, whose name was taken to be certain in Modi's cabinet, does not feature in the list of ministers sent to the President.
Was it his last minute casualty for speaking his heart and mind out as the new Chankya for the Modi government, while others kept their mouth shut? That is one of the big pre-swearing-in talk within the BJP.
Shourie, however, will have an important role to play, if not as a minister then as an advisor.
In a largely unexpected move, the list put out by ANI shows BJP Vice President Smriti Irani as a Cabinet minister. Irani, a Rajya Sabha MP, had unsuccessfully contested against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.
11.37 am: Here's the entire list of who all will be a part of Modi's cabinet, according to ANI
Union Cabinet: Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Sadanand Gowda, Uma Bharti, Najma Heptullah, Gopinath Munde, Ramvilas Paswan, Kalraj Mishra, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Anant Geete, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Narendra Singh Tomar, Jual Oram, Radha Mohan Singh, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Smriti Irani, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
List of MoS (including Independent Charge) - VK Singh, Rao Inderjit Singh, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Shripad Naik, Dharmendra Pradhan, Sarbananda Sonowal, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goel, Dr.Jitendra Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, G.M. Siddeshwara, Manoj Sinha, Upendra Kushwaha, Pon Radhakrishnan, Kiren Rijiju, Krishan Pal Gujjar, Sanjeev Baliyan, Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, Raosaheb Dadarao Patil Danve, Vishnu Dev Sahai and Sudarshan Bhagat.
11.20 am: Focus should be on transparency, Modi tells his 'Cabinet'
It is perhaps for the first time that ministers-to-be sworn in have been called for a structured meeting by the Prime Minister designate.
Sources said Modi wanted to tell them that he means business and since they were picked to be part of today’s ceremony they should not just consider themselves as the privileged ones but also think in terms of the responsibility that they are going to have on their shoulder.
Efficient and transparent delivery should be the buzz word in this government.
11.15 am: Nepal PM Sushil Koirala arrives in India
Nepal PM Sushil Koirala has landed in India to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony. Koirala and Modi will hold a bi-lateral meeting on Tuesday, day one of Modi's government, where he is expected to raise the issue of extremism and China's influence in the region.
11.00 am: Pak PM Nawaz Sharif lands in India
After days of speculation on whether he would attend the swearing-in ceremony or not, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has landed in New Delhi to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
Sharif, before leaving for India, said he "carried a message of peace to India." Sharif is accompanied by his wife Kulsoom Nawaz and son Hussain Nawaz.
Sharif and Modi are likely to hold bi-lateral talks on Tuesday.
10. 50 am: MDMK Chief Vaiko protests Rajapaksa's visit
Even as Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has landed in India for Modi's swearing-in ceremony, MDMK Chief and NDA ally Vaiko is holding a protest rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, a few kilometres away from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
While the Delhi Police has denied him permission to hold a rally, at least 100 supporters have gathered at the venue. The protest is likely to continue through the day.
10. 20 am: Nawaz Sharif to be accompanied by 10 Pak commandos
When Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lands in India later today, he will be guarded by around 8-10 Pakistan elite commandos considering the high-level threat he faces.
Classified as a "high-value target" Sharif will be accompanied by his own armed commandos at all time but only one of them will be allowed with him in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, The Indian Express reported.
Before leaving from Lahore, Sharif told reporters he was "carrying a message of peace to India."
10.05 am: Who gets what - likely Cabinet ministers
While the list of Cabinet ministers has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee, who will make it to the list is still uncertain.
Here's a list of likely ministers and their portfolios:
Rajnath Singh - Ministry of Home Affairs
Sushma Swaraj - Ministry of External Affairs
Arun Jaitley - Ministry of Finance
Ananth Kumar - Parliamentary Affairs Ministry
Nitin Gadkari - Ministry of Transportation
Harsh Vardhan - Ministry of Health
Ravi Shankar Prasad - Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
9.57 am: 17 Cabinet rank ministers, 18 MoS likely to be sworn in today
At today's swearing-in ceremony, Narendra Modi is likely to have 35 of his ministers sworn in, a list which includes Nitin Gadkari, Harsh Vardhan, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman and Rajnath Singh.
9.47 am: Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa arrives for Modi's swearing-in
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has arrived in India for Modi's swearing-in ceremony. Security has been hightened in New Delhi after political parties in Tamil Nadu announced a protest rally against Rajapaksa.
Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa decided not to attend the swearing-in ceremony and will also not send any representative of her party the AIADMK.
— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) May 26, 2014
9.40 am: Tamil superstar Rajnikanth to skip Modi's swearing-in
Tamil superstar Rajnikanth, who had been invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi today, will not attend the function, sources close to the actor said.
They said the actor was not in town and, therefore, would not attend the ceremony, which will see Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, among other dignitaries, grace the occasion. - PTI
9.25 am: Saarc leaders begin arriving for Modi's swearing-in
Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam has landed in India while Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the next to arrive for the function.
Modi's swearing-in will begin at 6 pm, and is expected to last for an hour and ten minutes.
9.10 am: Modi finally sends list of ministers to President
PM-elect Narendra Modi has sent the final list of Cabinet ministers to the Rashtrapati Bhavan but who features on the list or how many ministers will be sworn in today is still largely unknown.
Senior BJP leaders including Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Rajnath Singh have left to meet Modi at Gujarat Bhavan in Delhi.
8.50 am: Nirmala Sitharaman, VK Singh to be ministers?
While Modi has managed to keep his Cabinet choices close to his chest, news reports, out early this morning, quote sources as saying that General VK Singh, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Seetharaman could be ministers in Modi's cabinet. CNN-IBN reports that these party leaders have get calls to be ministers.
Party leader Uma Bharti, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Santosh Gangwar are also meeting Narendra Modi at Gujarat Bhavan, and are likely to get ministerial berths.
Delhi BJP Chief Harsh Vardhan also got a call from Narendra Modi to be a minister, IBNLive reported.
CNN-IBN's Editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted that Nitin Gadkari could be the next minister for transport, a merged ministry which will include railways and surface transport.
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 26, 2014
8.38 am: Only 3rd swearing-in ceremony to be held outdoors
Modi's swearing-in ceremony will be an open air event at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. A stage has been set up at the base of the steps, with hundreds of chairs placed in a semi-circle facing it for the ceremony, which shall be televised live.
Only twice earlier have swearing-in ceremonies been held at the forecourt -- of Chandrashekhar in 1990 and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998 -- where the guests numbered around 1,200-1,300, said Paul.
Earlier, the swearing-in ceremonies were held at Ashoka Hall, with around a 400-500 restricted guest list, said Omita Paul, secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee, briefing media on Sunday on the arrangements. -IANS
8.25 am: RSS ensures Muslim presence at swearing-in ceremony
The RSS has made efforts to ensure that Modi's swearing-in ceremony sees a presence of minority leaders with the Hindutva organisation inviting over three dozen Muslims, The Indian Express reported.
"Our effort is to ensure that a message doesn't go out that this government has no support among Muslims," Girish Juyal, the RSS's Muslim Rashtriya Manch head told the daily.
8.10 am: After Rajghat, Modi to visit BJP veteran Vajpayee
After paying his respects to Mahatma Gandhi, Modi is now headed to the home of former prime minister and veteran BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Vajpayee, who has been the only BJP leader to complete a 5-year term as PM, is unexpected to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
On my way to Atal ji's residence to seek his blessings.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 26, 2014
7.55 am: Modi visits Rajghat, pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi
Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi visited Rajghat early this morning where he paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi. He was accompanied by senior BJP leaders including Harsh Vardhan Vijay Goel and Meenakshi Lekhi.
PM-Designate Narendra Modi at Rajghat pic.twitter.com/V0OfvRVwjh
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 26, 2014
7.45 am: Who's not attending Modi's swearing-in ceremony?
While Saarc leaders from across the region will be attending Modi's swearing-in ceremony today, certain chief ministers from India will not be attending the function.
While West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has said she would not be present, and has sent two party representatives, Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa will not be attending the ceremony or be sending any representative.
Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik will also not attend the function.
7.30 am: Modi to begin day at Rajghat
PM-elect Narendra Modi will begin his day at Rajghat - the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi - where he will offer prayers and pay his respects. He is expected to arrive there at 8 am.
"Tomorrow, will begin the day by visiting Raj Ghat & paying my respects to Pujya Bapu," Modi tweeted last evening.
7.15 am: It is D-day for the BJP-led NDA coalition as its Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi and his cabinet are administered oath at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening.
The swearing-in ceremony, which begins at 6 pm this evening, will see the attendance of Heads of States from the Saarc region which will include Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The BJP swept the Lok Sabha Elections winning 282 seats, a clear majority for any party other than the Congress.
Modi will formally take charge and he is expected to hold meetings with senior bureacrats as early as Tuesday morning.
President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Modi prime minister on 20 May and invited him to form government.
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Was happy to know about the large allocation for education in Bhutan's last budget. It shows commitment to well-being of future generations!
In a short span of time, Bhutan has developed immense faith in democratic institutions. This is wonderful for Bhutan's development journey.
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