Narendra Modi Cabinet 2019 oath-taking ceremony Updates: Modi, Amit Shah take oath; Maneka Gandhi likely to be pro-tem LS Speaker

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Narendra Modi Cabinet 2019 oath-taking ceremony Updates: Modi, Amit Shah take oath; Maneka Gandhi likely to be pro-tem LS Speaker
  • 22:30 (IST)

    Cabinet Ministers Minister of State (Independent Charge) Minister of State
    Narendra Modi (Prime Minister) Santosh Kumar Gangwar Faggansingh Kulaste
    Raj Nath Singh Rao Inderjit Singh Ashwini Kumar Choubey
    Amit Shah Shripad Yesso Naik Arjun Ram Meghwal
    Nitin Jairam Gadkari Jitendra Singh General (Retd) VK Singh
    DV Sadananda Gowda Kiren Rijiju Krishan Pal
    Nirmala Sitharaman Prahalad Singh Patel Danve Raosaheb Dadarao
    Ram Vilas Paswan Raj Kumar Singh G Kishan Reddy
    Narendra Singh Tomar Hardeep Singh Puri Parshottam Rupala
    Ravi Shankar Prasad Mansukh L Mandaviya Ramdas Athawale
    Harsimrat Kaur Badal   Niranjan Jyoti
    Thaawar Chand Gehlot   Babul Supriyo
    Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar   Sanjeev Kumar Balyan
    Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’   Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao
    Arjun Munda   Anurag Singh Thakur
    Smriti Zubin Irani   Angadi Suresh Channabasappa
    Dr Harsh Vardhan   Nityanand Rai
    Prakash Javadekar   Rattan Lal Kataria
    Piyush Goyal   V Muraleedharan
    Dharmendra Pradhan   Renuka Singh Saruta
    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi   Som Parkash
    Pralhad Joshi   Rameswar Teli
    Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey   Pratap Chandra Sarangi
    Arvind Ganpat Sawant   Kailash Choudhary
    Giriraj Singh   Debasree Chaudhuri
    Gajendra Singh Shekhawat    

  • 22:27 (IST)

    Locals celebrate after the conclusion of Modi's swearing-in in his hometown Vadnagar in Gujarat

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind with BIMSTEC leaders

    Image courtesy: Reuters

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind with the newly-appointed Council of Ministers

    Image courtesy: Reuters

  • 22:22 (IST)

    Congress congratulates Modi, Council of Ministers

    Taking to Twitter from its official handle, the Congress party today congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers.

  • 22:20 (IST)

    A tea-seller celebrated Modi's swearing-in in West Bengal's Siliguri

    A tea seller in West Bengal's Siliguri distributed tea for free to express his happiness ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi oath-taking ceremony. "Modi ji is taking oath as Prime Minister for the second time. I have deep affection for BJP since 1999 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. I am happily distributing tea for free as today Modi is going to take the oath as the Prime Minister," Nand Lal Sunar, the tea seller told ANI.

    In Birbhum, 31 priests performed Yagya at Tarapith temple hours before Modi's swearing-in.

    In West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee took part in a sit-in organised by her party outside the Naihati Municipality on Thursday to protest against the alleged violence perpetrated by BJP after the announcement of poll results.

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Passers-by gathered in Mumbai's Byculla to watch Modi's oath-taking ceremony

  • 21:53 (IST)

    Maneka Gandhi, JP Nadda, Radha Mohan Singh and Suresh Prabhu were not included in Modi Cabinet

  • 21:49 (IST)

    Family members of CRPF jawan martyred in Pulwama attack attend ceremony

    Family members of Sudip Biswas, one of the CRPF jawans who lost his life in Pulwama terror attack on 14 February, attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, ANI reported. Ahead of the event, his mother said, "We have been invited to attend the event. Despite being in sorrow we have come here."

    One of his relatives said, "They supported us in our troubled times. We have faith in the government and that is the reason why we have come for the event."

  • 21:36 (IST)

    Maneka Gandhi likely to be pro-tem Speaker

    Senior BJP leader and eight-time MP Maneka Gandhi is likely to be the pro-tem Speaker in the 17th Lok Sabha, sources told PTI. Gandhi, 62, a veteran BJP leader, had won from the Sultanpur seat in Uttar Pradesh. Sources said she has been selected to become the pro-tem Speaker in the 17th Lok Sabha. Gandhi is the outgoing Union minister for women and child development.

  • 21:33 (IST)

    Composition of the Cabinet

    BJP has 54 ministers in the Council, while the SAD, LJP, Shiv Sena and the RPI(A) have one cabinet berth each. State wise allotment in the cabinet shows that there are nine ministers from UP, eight from Maharashtra, five from Bihar, four from Karnataka and three from Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan each. There are six women in Prime Minister Modi's new cabinet.

  • 21:25 (IST)

    BIMSTEC leaders congratulate Modi

    Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli and President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena greet President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan after the oath-taking ceremony.

  • 21:14 (IST)

    Kyrgyzstan president Sooronbay Jeenbekov greets Modi

    Jeenbekov and Modi are scheduled to meet at around 10.30 pm on Thursday. Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena also greeted the newly-elected PM.

  • 21:12 (IST)

    BIMSTEC leaders greet Modi and President Kovind on stage

    Narendra Modi was greeted by his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering, Nepal counterpart KP Sharma Oli and Mauritan counterpart Pravind Jugnauth.

  • 21:08 (IST)

    President gives nod to end swearing-in ceremony

    Ceremony ends with the national anthem. 25 Cabinet ministers, nine Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and 24 Ministers of State were sworn into the Council of Ministers to be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his second consecutive term.

  • 21:04 (IST)

    Kailash Choudhary, RK Singh and Debasree Chaudhari take oaths as ministers in the Union Cabinet

  • 21:01 (IST)

    Pratap Chandra Sarangi takes oath as Minister of State

    Pratap Chandra Sarangi, a first-time Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Balasore in Odisha, trounced two Crorepatis contesting against him from the parliamentary constituency. Known as a firebrand speaker and a tremendous orator both in Odia and Sanskrit, the thinly built RSS follower is popular for riding around the villages in a bicycle.

    Prior to his entry into the Lok Sabha, Sarangi has been a two-time MLA from Nilagiri seat (in Balasore) as an Independent candidate. In 2014, he had contested on a BJP ticket for Balasore Lok Sabha seat but lost by 1.42 lakh votes.

  • 20:54 (IST)

    Rameswar Teli sworn in as minister in the new Union cabinet

    BJP leader Rameswar Teli was re-elected from the Dibrugarh Lok Sabha constituency in Assam in the 2019 general elections. Teli has been a member of the Committee on the Welfare of Other Backward Classes since 2016 and was earlier a member of the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development as well as the Consultative Committee for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation under the Ministry of Urban Development.

  • 20:52 (IST)

    Other ministers that took oaths

    Som Prakash, Faggan Singh Phulaste, Parshottam Rupala, Angadi Suresh Channabasappa, Rattan Lal Kataria, V Murlidharan and Renuka Singh Saruta took oaths of office and secrecy.

  • 20:48 (IST)

    Sanjay Shamrao Dhote takes oath

    Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre won the Akola Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra for the third time in a row. He defeated Advocate Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar of Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi with a margin of 2,75,596 votes. He had previously served a term as the MLA of Murtajapur. Born 26 February, 1959, Shamrao is an engineer, agriculturarist and businessmen by profession. He passed BE (Mechanical) from Government College of Engineering in 1981.

    In the NDA-I government Dhotre was apponted as member of several parliamentary committees such as Business Advisory Committee, Standing Committee on Agriculture, Standing Committee on Rural Development. He was also a member of the Committee on Estimates where he was appointed as convenor of the sub committee-III.

  • 20:44 (IST)

    Nityanand Rai takes oath of office and secrecy

    A politician from Bihar, Nityanand Rai was re-elected from the Ujiarpur Lok Sabha constituency this year on a BJP ticket. He represented Bihar’s Hajipur Assembly seat for two terms before being election to the Lower House of Parliament.

    Rai, the current president of BJP’s Bihar unit, was a member of the joint committee on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015. He was also a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and the Consultative Committee under the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

    The BJP leader is set to become a first-time minister in the second Modi government. He is an arts graduate from Raj Narayan College at Hajipur in Bihar.

  • 20:44 (IST)

    Anurag Thakur takes oath as minister in the Modi cabinet

  • 20:41 (IST)

    Raosaheb Danve takes oath

    Danve represents BJP in 16th Lok Sabha. He currently holds the position of Maharashtra President Bhartiya Janata Party. Raosaheb Danve-Patil won the Jalna constituency for the fourth time during the general elections that were held in May 2014. He was given the portfolio for Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He held the position till March 2015. Danve resigned as a minister and in January 2015 was appointed as the President of Maharashtra BJP by Amit Shah, the national President of BJP. Following his appointment, Raosaheb Danve became only the second person in Maharashtra BJP to hold the office while also being a Member of Parliament.

  • 20:37 (IST)

    Hardeep Singh Puri takes oath of office and secrecy

    Hardeep Singh Puri is among the few BJP leaders who lost the Lok Sbaha polls 2019 despite the Modi wave. He contested from Amritsar parliamentary seat in Punjab and lost to Congress' Gurjeet Singh Aujla with a margin on 99,626. Puri's loss is credited to infighting within Punjab BJP. Born 15 February, 1952, Puri did BA (Hons) History from Hindu College, University of Delhi and was placed first in order of Merit in 1971. He completed his MA(History) 1973.

    He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. He was President of the United Nations Security Council in August 2011 and November 2012 and Chairman of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in 2011-2012. He was inducted in the Union Cabinet on 3 September, 2017 and took over as Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on 4 September,2017.

  • 20:36 (IST)

    Sanjeev Balyan sworn into Council of Ministers

    Sanjeev Kumar Balyan won the Lok Sabha polls from Muzaffarnagar seat with a slim margin of 6,500 votes against Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh. In 2014, Balyan had defeated Bahujan Samaj Party's Kadir Rana by a huge margin of over four lakh votes from the same seat. After the 2014 polls, he was appointed the minister of state for agriculture and food processing in the NDA government.

    On 11 April, Balyan had alleged fake voting in his constituency, claiming that faces of "burqa-clad" voters were not being verified by poll officials. Balyan was one of the BJP leaders accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. In June 2018, a court in Muzaffarnagar had issued non-bailable warrants against several politicians, one of whom was Balyan.

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Babul Supriyo takes oath

    Babul Supriya Boral, or Babul Supriyo as he is better known, is a playback singer who was re-elected from the Asansol Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal in the parliamentary elections. He currently holds the portfolio of a Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

    After entering politics in 2014, Supriyo won his first election from Asansol — becoming one of the only two BJP candidates to win a seat in West Bengal. Before being given the heavy industries and public enterprises ministry, he was earlier appointed as the minister of state in both the urban development and housing and urban poverty alleviation ministries. He was also a member of the Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture.

    Supriyo hold a B.Com (Honours) degree from the University of Calcutta.

  • 20:34 (IST)

    Ramdas Athawale takes oath

    A prominent Dalit face, Ramdas Athawale served as a junior minister (MoS) in Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and represents Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha. Previously, he was the Lok Sabha MP from Pandharpur. He is the president of Republic Party of India (A). Interestingly, Athawale established a children's wing of the RPI(A) in September 2017 and appointed his son, then aged 12, to be its leader.

  • 20:32 (IST)

    Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti takes oath

    Jyoti is the outgoing Minister of State for Food Processing Industries. During the first cabinet expansion of the Modi government in November 2014, she was the lone woman minister during the oath-taking ceremony. Just weeks after her induction, Jyoti had stoked a controversy by allegedly asking voters to elect sons of Lord Ram and not "illegitimate sons" at a BJP rally in Dwarka. She later expressed "deep regret" and apologised for her comment, but the Opposition demanded her removal. A police complaint was also filed against her for the remark. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, she retained her Fatehpur seat, by winning with a margin of 1.9 lakh votes.

  • 20:31 (IST)

    Gangapuram Kishan Reddy takes oath

    Reddy is a three-time MLA who had won two consecutive terms from Amberpet Assembly seat, Reddy was also the BJP’s Telangana unit’s person. In the recently-held Assembly elections, Reddy lost his seat to TRS candidate Kaleru Venkatesh. But the party decided to field him again, this time for Lok Sabha from the Secunderabad seat, and he won by a sizeable margin against debutant Talasani Saikrishna.

  • 20:28 (IST)

    Krishan Pal Gurjar takes oath

    Krishan Pal Gurjar, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the first Narendra Modi government, was re-elected from the Faridabad constituency in Haryana in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with 69 percent of the votes. A former Haryana BJP president, he had also served as Minister for Transport from 1996 to 1999 in the Government of Haryana led by Bansi Lal. 

  • 20:27 (IST)

    General (Retd) VK Singh takes oath

    Retired General Vijay Kumar Singh — a former four-star general in the Indian Army — has served as the Minister of State for External Affairs in the NDA-led Government of India formed in 2014. He also briefly served as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of the North-Eastern Region in the government. During his military career, the ex-serviceman served as the 24th Chief of the Army Staff from 2010 to 2012. He also became the first serving Indian military Chief of Staff to take the Government of India to court. 

  • 20:25 (IST)

    Mansukh Mandaviya takes oath as minister

    Mansukh Mandaviya is a BJP MP in the Rajya Sabha. A Patidar leader who hails from Bhavnagar district in Gujarat, was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping in July 2016. He was earlier a Member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly from 2002 to 2007

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Prahlad Patel takes oath

    Born 28 June 1960, Tuesday, Prahlad Singh Patel is an MP from Damoh in Madhya Pradesh. He defeated his nearest competitor Pratap Singh of COngress with a margin of 3,53,411. Patel holds a  BSc, LLB, MA (Philosophy) degrees. A four-time MP, Patel was member of several committes in the previous Narendra Modi govt like Committee on Public Undertakings, Committee on Government Assurances Member, Standing Committee on Rural Development Member. He was also member of Executive Council of VV Giri National Labour Institute and member of the consultative Committee in the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

  • 20:18 (IST)

    Ashwini Kumar Choubey takes oath

    Ashwini Kumar Choubey was Minister of State for Health Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Choubey is a prominent Brahmin face from Bihar. Elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly for six consecutive terms, Choubey, 69, represents Bihar's Buxar in the Lok Sabha and was a member of the parliamentary committee on estimates, standing committee on Energy, and consultative committee on health and family welfare. He is also a member of Central Silk Board.  Choubey is known for the slogan "Ghar-ghar me ho shouchalaya ka nirman, tabhi hoga ladli bitiya ka kanyadaan" and helped in constructing 11,000 toilets for Mahadalit families in Bihar.

  • 20:05 (IST)

    Kiren Rijiju takes oath

    A lawyer by profession and the BJP’s face in the North East, Kiren Rijiju served as the Minister of State for Home Affairs in the first Narendra Modi government. He was re-elected from the Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency in the recently-concluded elections. Rijiju is an arts graduate and got his law degree from Delhi’s Hansraj College.

  • 20:05 (IST)

    Jitendra Singh sworn-in into the Council of Ministers

    Jitendra Singh was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, and Department of Space in the first cabinet formed under Narendra Modi's leadership in 2014. Singh won the Udhampur seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls against Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad and was re-elected from the constituency in the recently concluded 2019 general election.

  • 20:03 (IST)

    Shripad Yesso Naik takes oath of office and secrecy

    An MP from Goa North, Shripad Yesso Naik was made the Ministr of State for the Ministry of Culture in Narendra Modi's inaugual cabinet in 2014. In 2017, Naik was made the Minister of state for the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), where he proposed several big budget initiatives including opening 100 AYUSH hospitals across the country. Under his leadership, the AYUSH ministry was criticised for publishing public information pamphlets with bizarre and unscientific advisories. He was also a Minister of State for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Tourism.

  • 19:59 (IST)

    Santosh Gangwar is sworn-in

    Gangwar has been elected to the Lok Sabha seven times from Bareilly since his first election in 1989 (except 2009-14). He has served in several ministries in NDA governments like finance, petroleum and natural gas, parliamentary affairs, science and technology, labour and employment, heavy industries and public enterprises, textiles and water resources. In 2017, he was made a Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Labour and Employment employment in September 2017.

  • 19:58 (IST)

    Gajendra Singh Shekhawat takes oath

    Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the former Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, is a BJP MP from Rajasthan's Jodhpur constituency. He is considered close to the top leadership of the party and backed by RSS. Shekhawat defeated Vaibhav Gehlot, son of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot from the Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat, winning the seat by a margin of 2,74,440 votes. Earlier in 2014, he was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014, with the highest ever winning margin (4,10,051 votes) from Jodhpur.

  • 19:56 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh BJP workers celebrate Modi's induction as PM for the second consecutive term

  • 19:54 (IST)

    Giriraj Singh takes oath of office and secrecy

    BJP leader Giriraj Singh was appointed as the Minister of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Resource Development in the Bihar government in 2010. Giriraj won his first election to Lok Sabha in 2014 from the Nawada parliamentary seat in Bihar. Giriraj defeated his nearest rival Kanhaiya Kumar of the CPI from Begusarai by a staggering 4.2 lakh votes.

  • 19:54 (IST)

    Arvind Ganpat Sawant takes oath

    Arvind Ganpat Sawant, the re-elected Lok Sabha MP from Mumbai-South, is a Shiv Sena leader. His contest with Congress candidate Milind Deora in the 2019 elections was one of the most closely-watched races. A first-time minister, the Shiv Sena leader has served two terms as an MLC in the Maharashtra Legislative Council and has also been a spokesperson of the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.

  • 19:54 (IST)

    Mahendra Nath Pandey takes oath

    Born 15 October, 1957, in Pakhapur village of Ghazipur district in Uttar Pradesh, Mahendra Nath Pandey served as a Union Minister of State in the HRD ministry and served a member of various committees including Health and Family Welfare. He is the head of BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit.

  • 19:48 (IST)

    Pralhad Joshi take soath of office and secrecy

    Pralhad Joshi is among the fresh faces chosen for Narendra Modi's new government. A lawmaker from Karnataka, the 56-year-old Joshi won a fourth consecutive term from the Dharwad Lok Sabha constituency. He defeated Vinay Kulkarni of Congress.

  • 19:47 (IST)

    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi takes oath

    Naqvi, also a Rajya Sabha member, was Minister of Minority Affairs. Hailing from Jharkhand, Naqvi was elevated to the previous Narendra Modi Cabinet in September 2017 during a major reshuffle. Naqvi was earlier Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs.

  • 19:45 (IST)

    Dharmendra Pradhan takes oath

    Pradhan, a member of the Rajya Sabha, was Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in the previous Modi cabinet.

  • 19:41 (IST)

    Piyush Goyal takes oath of office and secrecy

    An investment banker and a chartered accountant by profession, Goyal has handled several key portfolios in the Narendra Modi government including the finance ministry in absence of Arun Jaitley. His ministerial stint started with the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy. He then went on to become the Minister of Railways and Minister of Coal, occasionally filling in for Jaitley in the finance ministry as well. He is a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra.

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Prakash Javaedkar is sworn in

    Prakash Javadekar was first inducted into the council of ministers led by Narendra Modi in May 2014 as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Additionally, he also worked as a Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs until November 2014. He continued and concentrated thereafter as MoS (IC) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change until 5 July, 2016. However, he was given the key portfolio of education ministry after Irani was shifted to other departments. He is a Rajya Sabha MP.

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Harsh Vardhan takes oath of office

    He held the charge of Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and Ministry of Earth Sciences in the previous NDA government. Before taking the national centerstage, he was active in Delhi politics and was even touted to be the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly elections of 2014. Qualified as an Ear Nose and Throat specialist, Harsh Vardhan was also briefly in charge of the health ministry in the Delhi government. He was also the education minister of Delhi. He represents Chandni Chowk in Delhi as a Member of Parliament.

  • 19:37 (IST)

    Smriti Irani takes oath of office

    Smriti Irani, who made her debut to the Lok Sabha for the fist time after defeating Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi constituency, a seat which was up till now deemed a Gandhi bastion. Irani, an actor-turned-politician, started her political career by joining the BJP in 2003. She was the Minister of Human Resource and Development from May 2014 to July 2016 but her portfolio was changed after several controversies. She took over as the textile minister after Venkaiah Naidu vacated that ministry upon election as the Vice-President of India.

Narendra Modi oath-taking ceremony Updates: PM-elect Narendra Modi will likely hold a bilateral with Kyrgyzstan President, who arrived in New Delhi today, after the swearing-in ceremony. According to reports, the meeting is likely to be at 10.15 pm.

An updated list of the likely Cabinet ministers includes names of BJP Begusarai MP Giriraj Singh, Fatehpur MP Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. Several ministers, including Prakash Javadekar, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Ramesh Pokhriyal, have received the call from BJP chief Amit Shah to be part of the new Cabinet which will be sworn in at 7 pm today at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Smriti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Ramdas Athawale, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Prahlad Joshi, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Babul Supriyo, Nitin Gadkari, Nityananda Rai, Sanjeev Baliyan, Anupriya Patel, Thawar Chand Gehlot and Harsimrat Kaur are likely to be a part of the new Narendra Modi Cabinet, even as several hopefuls wait to be part of the government ahead of the swearing-in ceremony today at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

According to reports, Modi will meet the new ministers at his residence at 4.30 pm today ahead of the swearing-in ceremony. A list of probable ministers was released earlier today to the media, however, this is not the final list. The full official list of Cabinet ministers and their portfolios will be released to the public after the oath-taking ceremony.

The Bangalore North MP-elect Sadananda Gowda is also said to have received a call from Lok Kalyan Marg confirming his selection to the ministerial berth, News18 reports. Earlier reports said that SAD's Harsimrat Kaur and Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant will likely be part of the new Cabinet.

Quoting sources in the Prime Minister's Office told the media that new ministers to be inducted in the Cabinet will meet Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi at 4.30 pm before the swearing-in ceremony which is scheduled for 7 pm at Rashtrapati Bhavan. According to News18, BJP chief Amit Shah has already started making calls to probable Cabinet ministers.

According to reports, Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are meeting to discuss the list of new ministers at Modi's residence at the 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. Ahead of today's ceremony, Shah and Modi had a flurry of meetings deliberating on the list of new ministers to be inducted in the new Cabinet.

While the number and names of the leaders who would take oath as ministers in the second stint of the NDA government have been kept under wraps, there is much speculation about the composition of the cabinet. Modi and Shah, who had a five-hour meeting on Tuesday, met again on Wednesday evening for a three-hour session. While no details were available, the meetings are understood to be part of the process of finalising the government portfolios.

The probable names of new ministers to be inducted in Narendra Modi government for the second term haven't been made public yet, but reports have quoted Shiv Sena leaders as saying that each BJP ally will likely get one ministerial post. Harsimrat Kaur Badal of BJP's ally in Punjab Shiromani Akali Dal is likely to be given a ministerial berth, reports have said. Badal was also the Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in the 16th Lok Sabha.  Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said that Arvind Sawant has been chosen on Uddhav Thackeray's suggestion. "From Shiv Sena one leader will take oath as a minister. Uddhav ji has given Arvind Sawant's name, he will take oath as a minister," Raut said.

A traffic advisory issued a day ahead of the ceremony said several roads in New Delhi district will be closed for movement of public between 4 pm to 9 pm on Thursday and motorists and public were asked to avoid them.

The advisory further said roads including Rajpath — from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan, Vijay Chowk and adjoining areas including North and South fountain, South Avenue, North Avenue, Dara-Shikoh Road and Church Road will be closed for public between 4 pm and 9 pm.

A multi-layered security arrangement will be in place in the National Capital today, with the deployment of around 10,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces on account of Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony which will be attended by foreign dignitaries and chief ministers and governors of several states among others.

The swearing-in ceremony of Modi and his Council of Ministers is scheduled to take place today at 7 PM at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Quick Response Teams will be deployed at several crucial spots. Snipers will also be deployed atop several important buildings as Modi will visit Rajghat, Sadaiv Atal Samadhi and National War Memorial on Thursday to pay homage, a senior police official said.

"Over 10,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed on account of the swearing-in-ceremony," the official said.

Another police official said over 2,000 security personnel will also be deployed along the route to be taken by Modi and other foreign dignitaries.

A number of heads of states, heads of governments, constitutional authorities, diplomats, senior political leaders, government officials and media persons are scheduled to attend the ceremony.

A traffic official added that necessary traffic diversions will be given for several roads including Akbar Road, Rajpath, Teen Murti Marg, Krishna Menon Marg, Pandit Pant Marg, Talkatora Road, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Road, Tyagaraj Marg and SP Marg.

Similarly, traffic diversions will be given on Khushak Road, K Kamaraj Marg, Rajaji Marg, Shanti Path, Raisina Road -- beyond Rail Bhawan roundabout towards Parliament House and Moti Lal Nehru Marg (beyond roundabout Udyog Bhawan towards R.P. Bhawan) which are expected to face congestion due to the ceremony, the traffic official added.

Traffic signages have been provided for the information of invitees and public. All motorists are advised to follow the directions of the traffic police on duty, the advisory added.

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Updated Date: May 30, 2019 22:32:51 IST