Narendra Modi's First Day as Prime Minister

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May 27, 2014
23:29 (IST)
Today was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first day in office. PM Modi held the first Cabinet meeting of his new government where the issue of bringing back the black money was discussed.

Earlier in the day Mr Modi met with leaders from other South Asian nations all of whom had been present at his swearing in yesterday. Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay told NDTV "the swearing in was like a mini SAARC summit".

In a 50-minute meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, Mr Modi reportedly stressed that Pakistan must abide by its commitment to control terrorism from its soil against India and also raised the slow pace of trial in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

And the Government was also involved in its share of controversy.

Hours after he raised a huge political storm by seeking a debate on the future of Article 370, union minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office and the department of personnel and training (DoPT) Jitendra Singh embarked on damage-limitation exercise, arguing that he had been "misquoted," and that the entire controversy was "baseless."

Meanwhile, Congress leader Ajay Maken has touched off a political storm with a series of tweets deriding the new Narendra Modi cabinet. In one of them, he questioned the educational qualifications of Smriti Irani, who has taken over as Human Resource Development Minister.

So as the debates continue and the new government's every move is keenly scrutinized -  over 100 days and 2800 posts later, it is a wrap on this blog from the NDTV.com election team.  

Here is a look at Team Modi - our best wishes to them...


Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers
May 27, 2014
23:28 (IST)


May 27, 2014
23:05 (IST)

May 27, 2014
21:12 (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah speaks to NDTV on Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meeting:

  • It is significant that Kashmir didn't find mention in Pak PM's statement after he met Narendra Modi. We are happier with that.
  • Extremely significant that Pakistan PM didn't meet Hurriyat leaders
  • Nawaz Sharif has been sensitive than any other Pakistan leaders
  • Clearly, we are now looking towards Narendra Modi's government to carry that process further
  • Union minister Jitendra Singh's statement on Article 370 irresponsible
  • Clarification from Jitendra Singh on his remark not enough
May 27, 2014
19:37 (IST)

May 27, 2014
19:33 (IST)
Modi Government's First Cabinet Meeting

  • Special Investigation team on black money constituted
  • SIT on black money headed by a former Supreme Court judge Justice MB Shah
  • Director Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) , Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) Deputy Governor, Union Revenue Secretary, Director of the Enforcement Directorate, Chief of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to be part of the SIT.

The Supreme Court had directed the Government to set up a SIT headed by  former Supreme Court judge MB Shah and assisted by another former Supreme Court judge Arijit Pasayat. This SIT was to be set by May 22.  The UPA Government didn't issue notification and last week asked court to extend the time by a week, which was accepted by the Court.

May 27, 2014
19:26 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Takes Charge, Back-to-Back Meetings on Day One
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left Gujarat Bhawan early on Tuesday morning for his South Block office, where he laid rose petals and bowed before a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi. He then sat at his table and signed papers.
May 27, 2014
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May 27, 2014
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May 27, 2014
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May 27, 2014
16:56 (IST)
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif:

  • Very pleased to be in New Delhi at the invitation of Mr Modi
  • Yesterday, I attended his oath-taking ceremony
  • Had a good, constructive meeting with Mr Modi... it was held in a cordial atmosphere
  • Both are at the beginning of our tenure with a clear mandate
  • I told him that I intend to pick up the threads from the 1999 meeting with PM Vajpayee
  • Together we should rid the region of instability
  • Accusations and counter-accusations will not be productive
  • Want people to overcome the legacy of mistrust and misgivings
  • Need more people-to-people exchanges
  • We agreed that the two Foreign Secretaries should meet


May 27, 2014
16:40 (IST)

May 27, 2014
16:38 (IST)
What is Keeping PM Narendra Modi Busy on Day One
Narendra Modi's first day as Prime Minister was packed with a series of top level meetings, including those with South Asian leaders who came for his swearing-in ceremony. He will also meet his 45-member team of ministers today for the first time.
May 27, 2014
16:00 (IST)
Foreign Secretary on PM Modi's meeting with SAARC leaders:


  • PM Narendra Modi today had good and substantive meetings with all 8 leaders who are visiting India
  • All SAARC leaders invited the PM to visit. He accepted. The dates have to be worked out.
  • Good to see that all eight leaders graciously came and joined us. PM said their presence enriched our celebration
  • In meeting with Karzai, PM Modi thanked Afghan National Secuirty Forces for the help during the attack on the Indian consulate in Herat
  • PM Modi recalled the unique relationship India shared with Mauritius during his meeting with PM Ramgoolam
  • With his meeting with PM Koirala, PM Modi noted that Nepal was a deeply valued, old friend with whom India shared history, geography
  • During meeting with Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, PM urged him to expedite process of reconciliation which meets the aspirations of the Tamil population... There was an invitation to visit (Sri Lanka), all leaders invited, invites accepted... PM Modi, President Rajapaksa agreed to address the issue of fishermen on both the sides
  • In meeting with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, PM Narendra Modi underlined our concerns relating to terrorism... PM Modi conveyed to PM Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan must ensure speedy trial in 26/11 Mumbai attack case... PM underlined that Pakistan must abide by its commitment to prevent its territory from being used for terror

Q&A with journalists PM Modi's meeting with Nawaz Sharif:

  • Foreign Secretaries will meet and then we will see how best to take this forward
  • I can't share a record of discussions... Many things have been discussed - they spoke on terrorism. Don't want to say more than that
  • The Foreign Secretaries are going to be in touch to see the best way forward
  • There was a discussion on trade and we noticed that we were ready to normalise trade and market relations and both PMs expressed the desire to do this as early as possible
  • See, we want peaceful and friendly relations with Pakistan. However, for such relations, it is important that terror and violence is brought to an end
May 27, 2014
15:13 (IST)
Ex-Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to NDTV:

  • "In South Asia, personality and peronal relationships have a bigger role to play... Modi's warm welcome has put an end to negative voices from here"
  • "Modi has a thumping majority, Nawaz Sharif a simple majority... there is a real chance here to resolve core issues and for that it's important to build an atmosphere"
  • "Trade is the way forward... when we invest in each other's countries, its strengthening peace... peace should be irreversible and peace talks should not be derailed by a single incident"
  • "It's important that we do not get bogged down by war mongerers... there is  no challenge for the two leaders... if they chose to show leadership, problems can be resolved"
May 27, 2014
15:01 (IST)

May 27, 2014
15:00 (IST)

May 27, 2014
14:57 (IST)
Full-Time Defence Minister To Be Named in a 'Couple of Weeks': Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been handed additional charge of the important Defence portfolio in the Narendra Modi government, said on Tuesday that he expects a full-time Defence Minister to be named in a "couple of weeks."
May 27, 2014
14:48 (IST)

May 27, 2014
14:31 (IST)
Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers
May 27, 2014
14:11 (IST)

May 27, 2014
14:10 (IST)
In Meeting With Nawaz Sharif, PM Narendra Modi Raises Terror, 26/11 Attacks
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as part of a series of bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders who witnessed his inauguration on Monday.
May 27, 2014
14:03 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi raises cross-border terror and 26/11 trial during talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif: sources

'26/11 trial too slow,' Mr Modi tells Mr Sharif: sources
May 27, 2014
13:46 (IST)

May 27, 2014
13:40 (IST)
Rajnath Singh will take chrage of the Home Ministry on May 29

May 27, 2014
13:30 (IST)

May 27, 2014
13:26 (IST)

May 27, 2014
13:24 (IST)
Arun Jaitley to NDTV after taking charge as Defence Minister:

  • MoD (Ministry of Defence) is an additional charge till alternative arrangement is made
  • Should get a full-time ministerial head in a couple of weeks
  • Will spend considerable time
  • Security of India is of vital importance
  • Support to our armed forces and equipment support is going to be priority area
  • Expediting procurement is a priority area
  • My heart goes out to the pilot and his family. Matter of great concern (today's accident)... Offer my condolences
  • Raising the cap of FDI in defence from the current 26 per cent has already come up for discussion in the finance ministry. 26 per cent was decided when Mr Vajpayee was in power
  • I firmly believe that there should be no controversy on appointment of the person concerned. Some comments may have been made as regards the procedure of a person's appointment but there should be no reflection on the person concerned (on the appointment of the Army Chief by previous government)

May 27, 2014
13:19 (IST)
Narendra Modi Faces Sea of Expectations From Diaspora, India-Watchers
With Narendra Modi taking over as prime minister, a host of expectations, recommendations and advice is pouring in for the BJP leader from overseas Indians.
May 27, 2014
13:18 (IST)
OPINION: With New Cabinet, Modi Measures the Crease
The middle order of Team Modi will make or break the reputation of the government, writes Ashok Malik.
May 27, 2014
13:07 (IST)
'A new Defence Minister in a couple of weeks,' Arun Jaitley tells NDTV; he has additional charge of the ministry
May 27, 2014
13:07 (IST)

May 27, 2014
12:57 (IST)
Great Expectations As Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif Meet
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as part of a series of bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders who witnessed his inauguration on Monday.
May 27, 2014
12:51 (IST)


May 27, 2014
12:45 (IST)
Bilateral talks between Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif begin


May 27, 2014
12:41 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif at Hyderabad House in New Delhi


May 27, 2014
12:36 (IST)

May 27, 2014
12:32 (IST)
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives at Hyderabad House for his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
May 27, 2014
12:22 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers: The Complete List
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space. All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
 
CABINET MINISTERS
 
1. Rajnath Singh: Home Affairs
 
2. Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
 
3. Arun Jaitley: Finance, Corporate Affairs, Defence
 
4. M Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
 
5. Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport, Highways Shipping
 
6. D V Sadananda Gowda: Railways

7. Uma Bharti: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
 
8. Dr Najma A Heptulla: Minority Affairs
   
9. Gopinath Munde: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
    
10. Ram Vilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
    
11. Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    
12. Maneka Gandhi: Women and Child Development
    
13. Ananth Kumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers
    
14. Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology, Law and Justice
    
15. Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Civil Aviation
   
16. Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
    
17. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries
    
18. Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines Steel Labour and Employment
    
19. Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs
    
20. Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture
    
21.Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment
    
22. Smriti Irani: Human Resource Development
    
23. Dr Harsh Vardhan: Health and Family Welfare
    
MINISTERS OF STATE
 
1. General VK Singh: Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
 
2. Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge), Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), Defence
 
3. Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
 
4. Shripad Yesso Naik: Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge)
 
5. Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
                    
6. Sarbananda Sonowal: Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
 
7. Prakash Javadekar: Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge) Environment, Forest and Climate Change, (Independent Charge) Parliamentary Affairs
 
8. Piyush Goyal: Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge), New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)                   
 
9. 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
 
10. Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge), Finance Corporate Affairs
 
11. GM Siddeshwara: Civil Aviation
 
12. Manoj Sinha: Railways
 
13. Nihalchand: Chemicals and Fertilizers
 
14. Upendra Kushwaha: Rural Development Panchayati Raj Drinking Water and Sanitation
 
15. Radhakrishnan P: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
 
16. Kiren Rijiju: Home Affairs
 
17. Krishan Pal: Road Transport and Highways Shipping
 
18. Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Agriculture, Food Processing Industries
 
19. Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava: Tribal Affairs

20. Raosaheb Dadarao Danve: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

21. Vishnu Deo Sai: Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment
 
22. Sudarshan Bhagat: Social Justice and Empowerment
May 27, 2014
12:21 (IST)
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves for Hyderabad House for his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
May 27, 2014
12:15 (IST)

May 27, 2014
12:12 (IST)

May 27, 2014
12:11 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi's Diplomatic Push: Meeting With Nawaz Sharif Soon
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders who witnessed his inauguration on Monday. In a short while from now, he will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
May 27, 2014
12:03 (IST)

May 27, 2014
11:47 (IST)
Sushma Swaraj, New Foreign Minister, Makes Early Start
Sushma Swaraj, India's new Foreign Minister, made an early start in her new role as she accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a series of bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
May 27, 2014
11:39 (IST)

May 27, 2014
11:35 (IST)
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan meets new Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
May 27, 2014
11:32 (IST)
Modi Cabinet meets at 5 pm today
May 27, 2014
11:31 (IST)

May 27, 2014
11:19 (IST)

May 27, 2014
11:15 (IST)

May 27, 2014
11:08 (IST)
Kiren Rijiju, MoS (Home Affairs), to NDTV:

  • 'Important to have sensitisation about North East people in Delhi'
  • 'We will be penalised if we don't perform'
May 27, 2014
10:56 (IST)

May 27, 2014
10:51 (IST)

May 27, 2014
10:50 (IST)

May 27, 2014
10:47 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi Yet to Move to Official Residence
Even after taking oath as the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi yesterday did not shift to the official residence of Race Course Road and is unlikely to do so in the next few days.
May 27, 2014
10:43 (IST)

May 27, 2014
10:42 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers: The Complete List
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has officially taken charge. Here is the complete list of portfolios.
May 27, 2014
10:41 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Takes Charge, Ministers' Portfolios Now Official
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left Gujarat Bhawan early on Tuesday morning for his South Block office, where he laid rose petals and bowed before a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi. He then sat at his table and signed papers.
May 27, 2014
10:34 (IST)

May 27, 2014
10:11 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with Maldives President Abdulla Yameen
May 27, 2014
10:09 (IST)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to NDTV:

  • We had to restore hope
  • Political change had sent signal to domestic investors and global community
  • We have to take a balancing path
  • Defence ministry is in transition till the next cabinet expansion
May 27, 2014
10:03 (IST)

May 27, 2014
09:59 (IST)
On Narendra Modi's Day 1 as PM, Nawaz Sharif Among First Visitors
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral meetings with visiting leaders from eight South Asian neighbours today, all eyes will be on his one-on-one with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
May 27, 2014
09:56 (IST)
In Modi's Grand Oath Ceremony, the Spirit of Participation
He has focused on participatory mechanisms at every level, writes Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.
May 27, 2014
09:52 (IST)
Meet Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers
Narendra Modi was on Monday sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India. A 45-member council of ministers also took oath, making it the leanest ever.
May 27, 2014
09:44 (IST)

May 27, 2014
09:37 (IST)

May 27, 2014
09:30 (IST)
RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN
PRESS COMMUNIQUE

 
The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has   directed the allocation of portfolios among the following members of the Union Council of Ministers :-   
 
1.    Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space
All important policy issues
and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister
 
CABINET MINISTERS
 
1.    Shri Raj Nath Singh    Home Affairs
     
2.    Smt. Sushma Swaraj    External Affairs
Overseas Indian Affairs
     
3.    Shri Arun Jaitley    Finance
Corporate Affairs
Defence
     
4.    Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu    Urban Development
Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Parliamentary Affairs
     
5.    Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari    Road Transport and Highways
Shipping
     
6.    Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda    Railways    
7.    Sushri Uma Bharati    Sushri Uma Bharati    Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
 
8.    Dr. Najma A. Heptulla    Minority Affairs    
9.    Shri Gopinathrao Munde    Rural Development
Panchayati Raj
Drinking Water and Sanitation
     
10.    Shri Ramvilas Paswan    Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
     
11.    Shri Kalraj Mishra    Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
     
12.    Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi    Women and Child Development
     
13.    Shri Ananthkumar    Chemicals and Fertilizers
     
14.    Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad    Communications and Information Technology
Law and Justice
     
15.    Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati
     Civil Aviation    
16.    Shri Anant Geete    Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
     
17.    Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal    Food Processing Industries
     
18.    Shri Narendra Singh Tomar    Mines
Steel
Labour and Employment
Mines
Steel
Labour and Employment
     
19.    Shri Jual Oram    Tribal Affairs
     
20.    Shri Radha Mohan Singh    Agriculture
     
21.    Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot    Social Justice and Empowerment
     
22.    Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani    Human Resource Development
     
23.    Dr. Harsh Vardhan    Health and Family Welfare
     
     
MINISTERS OF STATE
 
 
1.    General V.K. Singh    Development of North Eastern Region(Independent Charge)
External Affairs
Overseas Indian Affairs
 
2.    Shri Inderjit Singh Rao    Planning (Independent Charge)
Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge)
Defence
 
3.    Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar    Textiles (Independent Charge)
Parliamentary Affairs
Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
 
4.    Shri Shripad Yesso Naik    Culture (Independent Charge)
Tourism (Independent Charge)
 
5.    Shri Dharmendra Pradhan    Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
 
Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
                     
6.    Shri Sarbananda Sonowal    Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
 
7.    Shri Prakash Javadekar    Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge)
Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
Parliamentary Affairs
 
8.    Shri Piyush Goyal    Power (Independent  Charge)
Coal (Independent Charge)
New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
                    
 
 9.    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
 
10.    Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman    Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)
Finance
Corporate Affairs
 
11.    Shri G.M. Siddeshwara    Civil Aviation
 
12.    Shri Manoj Sinha    Railways
 
13.    Shri Nihalchand    Chemicals and Fertilizers
 
14.    Shri Upendra Kushwaha    Rural Development
Panchayati Raj
Drinking Water and Sanitation
 
15.    Shri Radhakrishnan P    Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
 
             
16.    Shri Kiren Rijiju    Home Affairs
 
17.    Shri Krishan Pal    Road Transport and Highways
Shipping
 
18.    Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan    Agriculture
Food Processing Industries
 
19.    Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava
     Tribal Affairs
 
20.    Shri Raosaheb Dadarao Danve    Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
21.    Shri Vishnu Deo Sai    Mines
Steel
Labour and Employment
 
22.    Shri Sudarshan Bhagat    Social Justice and Empowerment
 
For immediate release.

May 27, 2014
09:27 (IST)

May 27, 2014
09:16 (IST)
Ravi Shankar Prasad gets charge of Law and Telecom ministries, Maneka Gandhi is Minister of Women and Child Development, M Venkaiah Naidu gets Urban Development and Housing portfolios
May 27, 2014
09:09 (IST)


Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes charges at the PMO.
May 27, 2014
09:08 (IST)
Smriti Irani is the Human Resources development Minister, Harsh Vardhan is in charge of Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Nitin Gadkari gets Transport Ministry while former army chief General VK Singh has got independent charge of North-East and he is the Minister of State in charge of External affairs and Overseas Affairs.


May 27, 2014
09:05 (IST)
Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers is being announced: Rajnath Singh is Home Minister, Sushma Swaraj gets Foreign Ministry, Arun Jaitley is in charge of Finance, Defence.
May 27, 2014
08:59 (IST)


Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the PMO.
May 27, 2014
08:57 (IST)


Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the Jama Masjid today morning. He is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi later today.
May 27, 2014
08:41 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Meet Nawaz Sharif, Other Visiting Leaders Today
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral meetings with visiting leaders from eight South Asian neighbours today, all eyes will be on his one-on-one with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
May 27, 2014
08:39 (IST)
Foreign Media on the Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif Handshake
After the ceremony, Sharif strode up to Modi and shook his hand warmly in congratulation, an image that seemed likely to eclipse the installation of the new government.
May 26, 2014
22:59 (IST)

May 26, 2014
22:58 (IST)

May 26, 2014
22:22 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi to hold his first Cabinet meet tomorrow evening
May 26, 2014
22:14 (IST)

May 26, 2014
21:49 (IST)
Manmohan Singh Checks in at New Residence
Immediately after Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, Dr Manmohan Singh today shifted to his retirement abode at Motilal Nehru Marg in the heart of the city after staying for 10 years at the official residence of Prime Minister at 7 Race Course Road.
May 26, 2014
21:48 (IST)

May 26, 2014
21:18 (IST)
It is a Matter of Pride for Family: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Brother
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's family is proud that he has taken the oath for the Prime Minister of India, one of his family members said in Ahmedabad today.
May 26, 2014
21:16 (IST)

May 26, 2014
21:13 (IST)
Narendra Modi's Swearing-In Ceremony Shown 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.
May 26, 2014
21:09 (IST)
PM's Website Relaunched With Narendra Modi's Message, Pictures
Seconds after Narendra Modi was sworn-in as the 15th Prime Minister of India, the Prime Minister's official website was relaunched carrying his message and pictures.
May 26, 2014
21:03 (IST)
Ambani, Hinduja, Adani Lead India Inc at Narendra Modi Swearing-In
A galaxy of industry leaders, including Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani, Sunil Mittal and Ashok Hinduja, today attended the star-studded swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
May 26, 2014
21:03 (IST)
US Looking Forward to Working With Modi-led Government
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.
May 26, 2014
21:00 (IST)
Modi-Sharif Handshake: The Photo-Op That Almost Overshadowed the Swearing-In
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pulled off his first diplomatic coup even before taking office.
May 26, 2014
20:56 (IST)

May 26, 2014
20:55 (IST)
Narendra Modi's Mother Watched Him Being Sworn In on TV
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Hiraba, who could not attend her son's swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, ensured she keeps pace with the developments on television.
May 26, 2014
20:52 (IST)

May 26, 2014
20:52 (IST)

May 26, 2014
20:39 (IST)
This is Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers
Narendra Modi was today sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India. A 45-member council of ministers also took oath, making it the leanest ever.

This is what Team Modi looks like:
 
  1. BJP president Rajnath Singh will be Home Minister and Mr Modi's number 2 in government. He took oath immediately after Mr Modi. (Pics: Team Modi - The New Cabinet)

  2. Next up was Sushma Swaraj who will be External Affairs Minister. She will be assisted by former Army Chief General VK Singh as Minister of State. The General, who is now the BJP's Ghaziabad MP, will also have independent charge of North East Affairs.

  3. Arun Jaitley will be Finance Minister and will also hold additional charge of Defence. He will be assisted in the Defence Ministry by Gurgaon MP, recently imported by the BJP from the Congress, Rao Inderjit Singh as Minister of State. Mr Singh will also have independent charge of Statistic and Planning.

  4. Former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu was the fourth BJP leader to be sworn in. He will be Parliamentary Affairs Minister in the new government. Another former party president  Nitin Gadkari is expected to land a mega Transport Ministry. Sadananda Gowda will have charge of Railways.

  5. Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti will be Union Minister for Water Resources. Najma Heptullah will have charge of Minority Affairs.

  6. Former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Gopinath Munde is expected to be handed the Rural Development Ministry. Former UP BJP chief Kalraj Mishra has also been made a Cabinet minister. Maneka Gandhi will be Union Minister for Women and Child Development. Ananth Kumar will be hold the Chemicals and Fertiliser Ministry.

  7. Ravi Shankar Prasad is tipped to be Law Minister and also have charge of Telecom. Narendra Singh Tomar, Madhya Pradesh BJP chief, has also been inducted into the Union Cabinet. Jual Oram will be Cabinet Minister for Tribal Affairs. Radha Mohan Singh a Bihar BJP leader will hold the key portfolio of Agriculture. Prakash Javadekar, senior BJP spokesperson, will be Information and Broadcasting Minister and will also head Environment.

  8. BJP general secretary Thawar Chand Gehlot, the party's Dalit face, too finds a place in the Cabinet. Smriti Irani, 38, who took on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in a spirited contest in Amethi in the general election, is tipped to be Human Resource Development minister. Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan, who defeated journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh of the Aam Aadmi Party and former union minister Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk, will be the new Health Minister.

  9. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman will be the new Commerce Minister with independent charge. BJP Rajya Sabha member Piyush Goel will be Power and Coal Minister with independent charge. Party general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan will have independent charge of  the high-profile Oil Ministry.

  10. Leaders of BJP's allies in the NDA were sworn in too. Bihar leader Ram Vilas Paswan will have charge of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs; the TDP's Ashok Gajapathi Raju will be Civil Aviation Minister. Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete has also been sworn in. Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur will be Food Processing Minister.


May 26, 2014
20:29 (IST)

May 26, 2014
20:06 (IST)
Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony was shown live on Pakistani TV channels
May 26, 2014
19:59 (IST)
Team Modi: The New Cabinet
The 23 who will be Cabinet Ministers in Modi's lean council of ministers. 45 people were administered the oath of office today as Narendra Modi became India's 15th PM.


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19:33 (IST)
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and all other South Asian leaders shake hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee.
The image of all South Asian leaders with the President and Prime Minister is historic and unprecedented. All leaders stand together as cameras seize the moment.
May 26, 2014
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19:31 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands and all his ministers pose for a photograph with President Pranab Mukherjee. This is one of the smallest council of ministers. The outgoing government had 77 ministers.
May 26, 2014
19:29 (IST)
The swearing in ceremony ends with the national anthem. 45 ministers took oath in the one-and-a-half hour ceremony.
May 26, 2014
19:19 (IST)
Kiran Rijiju from Arunachal Pradesh takes oath. The 42-year-old is among the youngest ministers in the government and is known for his vocal stand against Chinese incursions.
May 26, 2014
19:16 (IST)
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19:11 (IST)
Nirmala Sitharaman, the BJP's spokesperson, takes oath. She will take over as Minister with Independent Charge of Commerce. Her inclusion was a surprise to many, as she is not even a minister of state yet.

Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal also take oath. Mr Javadekar is likely to take charge of the Environment and Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Mr Goyal will be in charge of the Coal Ministry.
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18:56 (IST)
General VK Singh takes oath as Minister of State
Former Army Chief General VK Singh takes oath as Minister of State. He is likely to be in charge of Northeast affairs. He will also be the junior external affairs minister.
May 26, 2014
18:53 (IST)
Here is the text of the oath read out by the Prime Minister and all his ministers.

"I, A.B., do swear in the name of God/solemnly affirm that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, _439[that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India,] that I will faithfully and conscientiously discharge my duties as a Minister for the Union and that I will do right to all manner of people in accordance with the Constitution and the law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will."

"I, A.B., do swear in the name of God/solemnly affirm that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal to any person or persons any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as a Minister for the Union except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as such Minister."
May 26, 2014
18:52 (IST)
Smriti Irani takes oath as youngest cabinet minister
Smriti Irani, 38, takes oath as the youngest cabinet minister. Ms Irani, who became a household name as a "bahu" (daughter-in-law) in a popular serial, contested against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and lost. 
May 26, 2014
18:50 (IST)
This is Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers
Narendra Modi has been sworn in as Prime Minister. His council of ministers is now taking oath, at 44 members the leanest ever.
May 26, 2014
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18:44 (IST)

President Pranab Mukherjee keeps close watch on the new ministers taking oath. To the TDP's Ashok Gajpathi Raju, who forgot to say his name, the President prompted: "Tell your name!"

Mr Raju gave many watchers something to tweet about.

May 26, 2014
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18:37 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official website
May 26, 2014
18:34 (IST)
Uma Bharti, Sadanand Gowda, Najma Heptulla, Gopinath Munde and Kalraj Mishra take oath as cabinet ministers.
May 26, 2014
18:33 (IST)
BJP supporters celebrate at the party headquarters in Delhi with firecrackers, and balloons in the party's saffron and green colours.
May 26, 2014
18:29 (IST)
Prime Minister Modi, who is one of India's most social media savvy politicians, also said in his message that his official website would be a "very important medium of direct communication between us."

He added, "I am a firm believer in the power of technology and social media to communicate with people across the world."
May 26, 2014
18:28 (IST)
Lata Mangeshkar Apologises to Narendra Modi for Missing his Swearing-In Ceremony
Lata Mangeshkar, who was invited for Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony is missing the event on account of her not feeling well.
May 26, 2014
18:27 (IST)
Moments after being sworn in as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has addressed Indians in a message on his official website.

My dear fellow Indians and citizens of the world,

Namaste!

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.

Yours,
Narendra Modi

May 26, 2014
18:26 (IST)
Narendra Modi Sworn In as India's 15th Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has been sworn in as India's 15th Prime Minister at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, home of President Pranab Mukherjee, who administered the oath.
May 26, 2014
18:25 (IST)
M Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari are sworn in.


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Arun Jaitley is the fourth in line. He will take over the Finance Ministry. He will also hold additional charge of Defence.
May 26, 2014
18:17 (IST)
Sushma Swaraj is the third minister to take oath. She is expected to take charge as India's Foreign Minister.


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18:14 (IST)
Rajnath Singh, the BJP president, is the second minister to be sworn in. He is expected to take charge of the Home Ministry. The department of internal security is likely to remain with the ministry. There had been speculation that the Prime Minister would retain internal security.


May 26, 2014
18:14 (IST)
President Pranab Mukherjee greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
May 26, 2014
18:13 (IST)
Mr Modi takes oath in Hindi. The VVIP audience erupts in applause


May 26, 2014
18:12 (IST)
Narendra Modi takes oath as India's 15th Prime Minister


May 26, 2014
18:11 (IST)
During the campaign, all BJP leaders wore the party's lotus symbol. Today, it has been replaced by a tiny India flag.
May 26, 2014
18:09 (IST)
President Pranab Mukherjee arrives for the swearing-in ceremony to the sound of bugles


May 26, 2014
18:07 (IST)
Outgoing ministers P Chidambaram, Praful Patel and Sharad Pawar are spotted in the crowd. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is also present.
May 26, 2014
18:05 (IST)
Hema Malini, now a BJP MP from Mathura, flanked by Shatrughan Sinha and Dharmendra

May 26, 2014
18:05 (IST)

May 26, 2014
18:00 (IST)
Narendra Modi arrives for the swearing in ceremony in a Scorpio vehicle. Many guests stand to greet him.


May 26, 2014
17:56 (IST)
Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai and Mauritius Prime Minister Naveen Ramgoolam arrive for the swearing in ceremony. Mr Karzai and Mr Sharif flank outgoing PM Manmohan Singh.


May 26, 2014
17:55 (IST)

May 26, 2014
17:55 (IST)
Narendra Modi leaves Gujarat Bhawan for Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Ministers-to-be Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley sit together, all dressed in shades of white.
May 26, 2014
17:51 (IST)
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives for Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. Mr Sharif sits with outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. They had last met in September, on the sidelines of the UN general assembly meet in New York.


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17:48 (IST)
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar has sent a handwritten note to Narendra Modi expressing her regrets for not attending the swearing-in ceremony.
May 26, 2014
17:45 (IST)
The Rashtrapati Bhavan looking resplendent in the fading sun, as an unprecedented number of guests wait for Narendra Modi's swearing in
May 26, 2014
17:42 (IST)
Anil Ambani and his mother Kokilaben arrive for the ceremony.

An array of spiritual leaders, including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, are in the gathering.

Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives with his wife Gursharan Kaur, greets all ministers-to-be and BJP leaders




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17:41 (IST)

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17:36 (IST)
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi arrive for the swearing in. Mrs Gandhi stops to speak to senior BJP leader LK Advani


May 26, 2014
17:35 (IST)
Giant screen set up at Delhi's Chandni Chowk to beam LIVE proceedings of Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan
May 26, 2014
17:35 (IST)
Narendra Modi's mother Hiraba, 95, is watching the live telecast of the swearing-in ceremony on live TV from her home in Gandhinagar. Mr Modi had met her last week before coming to Delhi.
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17:33 (IST)

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17:25 (IST)
LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan


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17:21 (IST)
The Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt fills up with guests and ministers-to-be. Smriti Irani, who is expected to be sworn in as minister with independent charge, is dressed in crimson.



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  • VK Singh likely to be MoS with Independent charge for Ministry of Development for North East Region, also likely to MoS for External Affairs: sources
  • Rao Inderjit Singh likely to get Independent charge of Statistics and Planning, say sources; he is also likely to be Minister of State for Defence under Arun Jaitley
  • Dharmendra Pradhan likely to be MoS with Independent charge for Oil Ministry: sources
  • Maneka Gandhi likely to get Women and Child Development ministry: sources
May 26, 2014
16:52 (IST)
Arun Jaitley to Take Charge of Two of the Four Top Ministries
Narendra Modi's Cabinet Committee on Security or CCS will have not five, but four members for now. Senior leader and close Modi confidant Arun Jaitley is expected to double up as Finance and Defence Minister.
May 26, 2014
16:48 (IST)

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16:45 (IST)

May 26, 2014
16:34 (IST)
Rao Inderjit Singh also likely to be the Minister of State for Defence under Arun Jaitley: sources
May 26, 2014
16:33 (IST)
Rao Inderjit Singh likely to get Independent charge of Economic Planning and Statistics: sources
May 26, 2014
16:30 (IST)

May 26, 2014
16:28 (IST)

May 26, 2014
15:37 (IST)
RSS Spokesperson Ram Madhav to NDTV:

  • It's not just a man with his roots in the RSS, it's a man with his roots in Bharat who's becoming PM. It's a happy day for all Indians, not just for us
  • Our two senior leaders, Suresh Soni and Dattatreya ‎will be at the swearing-in
  • He has the blessings of the country, not just of the RSS and Mohan Bhagwat
  • All this talk about the RSS interfering in government decisions or cabinet formation is baseless
  • If you look at the cabinet, you can tell these are Modi's picks, it is entirely his decision
  • We are sure Modi has thought everything through and picked the right candidates
  • We don't need to advise Modi. Why should we? He knows what he's doing, he knows what's best for the country. We only want that the high expectations of the people should be fulfilled
  • The meetings between RSS and BJP leaders had nothing to do with cabinet formation
  • Modi's invite to Nawaz Sharif is a goodwill gesture. We think it is a good thing. There are no talks taking place as such. It's just a celebration. Other SAARC leaders are also there. They too wanted to participate
  • Modi has made a goodwill gesture. We hope Pakistan will reciprocate
May 26, 2014
15:33 (IST)
Narendra Modi offers prasad from Lord Balaji's temple in Tirupati to all those who attended meeting at Gujarat Bhawan this morning:

Tirupati laddu and vada (prasad) were given to all those attended the chai meet. The meeting, in fact, was delayed by five minutes as everyone waited for the prasad

Mr Modi asked everyone to introduce themselves at the meeting

May 26, 2014
15:25 (IST)
This is What Team Modi Will Look Like
At 6 pm today, Narendra Modi will be sworn in Prime Minister along with his council of ministers, at an expected 44 members the leanest ever.
May 26, 2014
14:59 (IST)
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to NDTV:

  • "It is a great moment. And a great opportunity"
  • "This is a chance to reach out to each other"
  • "Both governments have a strong mandate. This could help in turning a new page in our relations"
  • "No two nations have ever possessed so much of cultural and traditional similarities as India and Pakistan"
  • "Why not turn the similarities into our strength?"
  • "I very much look forward to meeting Mr Modi"
  • "We should remove fears, mistrust and misgivings about each other"
  • "Both countries should rid the region of instability and security that has plagued us for decades"
  • "This is the same BJP of Prime Minister Vajpayee for whom I have the greatest of respect"
  • "I intend taking up threads from where Vajpayee and I left off in 1999"



May 26, 2014
14:56 (IST)
No Chai, No Charcha, No Ministry: Those Who Didn't Make it Into Modi Cabinet
Narendra Modi's new cabinet will be one of the smallest ever, with 44 ministers, and those who have been left out are also making news.
May 26, 2014
14:37 (IST)
BJP's Piyush Goyal likely to get Power and Coal portfolios: sources
May 26, 2014
14:33 (IST)
BJP's Prakash Javadekar likely to get Information and Broadcasting, Environment ministries: sources
May 26, 2014
14:32 (IST)
BJP Spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman likely to get Independent charge of Commerce ministry: sources
May 26, 2014
14:25 (IST)
Only wrinkle is absence of full-time Defence Minister: Siddharth Varadarajan to NDTV
May 26, 2014
14:24 (IST)
Ravi Shankar Prasad likely to get Law and Telecom ministries, Smriti Irani may get HRD: sources
May 26, 2014
14:10 (IST)
UPDATE: Arun Jaitley may get additional charge of defence, say sources
May 26, 2014
13:39 (IST)

May 26, 2014
13:30 (IST)

May 26, 2014
13:29 (IST)
Big Win, Small Government: Narendra Modi's Cabinet Takes Shape
Hours before Narendra Modi is sworn in as the Prime Minister along with his council of minsters, there is now some idea emerging of how his Cabinet will be shaped
May 26, 2014
13:26 (IST)

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13:12 (IST)

May 26, 2014
12:50 (IST)
MDMK Chief Vaiko detained while protesting against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to New Delhi for Narendra Modi's swearing-in
May 26, 2014
12:24 (IST)
Vaiko Holds Demonstration in Delhi to Protest Mahinda Rajapaksa's Visit
The MDMK chief had opposed the invitation extended to the Sri Lankan President and had asked Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh to reconsider the decision.
May 26, 2014
12:16 (IST)

May 26, 2014
11:59 (IST)
Narendra Modi may keep Defence portfolio: sources
May 26, 2014
11:48 (IST)
Nripendra Mishra appointed as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister
May 26, 2014
11:39 (IST)
No Murli Manohar Joshi in 'Below 75' Narendra Modi Cabinet
Narendra Modi's cabinet will not include Murli Manohar Joshi, who was among the "big four" in the last BJP government. Mr Joshi did not make it to the list because of Mr Modi's "below 75 years" rule.
May 26, 2014
11:34 (IST)
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrives for Narendra Modi's swearing-in


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11:21 (IST)
List of ministerial probables:

Rajnath Singh
Arun Jaitley
Nitin Gadkari
Sadananda Gowda
Sushma Swaraj
M Venkaiah Naidu
Uma Bharti
Najma Heptullah
Gopinath Munde
Ram Vilas Paswan
Kalraj Mishra
Maneka Gandhi

Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Anant Geete
Ananth Kumar
Ravi Shankar Prasad
Ashok Gajapathi Raju
Narendra Singh Tomar
Jual Oram
Thawar Chand Gehlot
Smriti Irani
Radha Mohan Singh
Harsh Vardhan

Independent charge
Gen (retd.) VK Singh
Santosh Gangwar
Rao Inderjit Singh
Prakash Javadekar
Piyush Goel
Jitendra Singh
Nirmala Sitharaman
Shripad Naik
Dharmendra Pradhan
Sarbananda Sonowal

Minister of State
GM Siddeshwara
Manoj Sinha
Upendra Kushwaha
P Radhakrishnan
Kiren Rijiju
KP Gujjar
Dr Sanjeev Baliyan
Mansukhbhai Vasava
Raosaheb Dadarao Danve
Vishnu Deo Sai
Sudarshan Bhagat
May 26, 2014
11:17 (IST)
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Arrives for Narendra Modi's Swearing-in
Rajapakasa is among the six heads of state of SAARC nations invited for the swearing-in which will be attended by nearly 4,000 guests in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening.
May 26, 2014
11:14 (IST)
UPDATE: 23 ministers of cabinet rank, 10 ministers with independent charge, and 11 ministers of state likely to be sworn in today

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