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HIGHLIGHTS: Narendra Modi sworn in as Prime Minister for second consecutive term

Narendra Modi oath-taking ceremony HIGHLIGHTS: The Prime Minister and BJP president Amit Shah had held talks earlier today to finalise the list of Union ministers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 30, 2019 10:12:26 pm
Narendra Modi oath-taking ceremony LIVE Updates: Rajnath, Sushma, Goyal, Naqvi, Gadkari, Javadekar likely in Cabinet Narendra Modi Thursday morning paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and BJP veteran late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

PM Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony LIVE Updates: Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister for the second consecutive term Thursday at a grand ceremony on the sprawling forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The event saw foreign dignitaries, leaders from the Opposition parties, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, in attendance. Earlier in the day, the mystery over Amit Shah’s place in the new government got clear as the BJP president will be a minister in the new government. Party’s Gujarat president Jity Vaghani confirmed the development. Shah contested and won from the Gandhinagar constituency in Gujarat, a bastion of party veteran LK Advani.

Before the swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his new Council of Ministers at his residence. PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah had held talks earlier today to reportedly finalise the list of Union ministers.

The swearing-in ceremony, which began at 7 pm, is taking place in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of 6,000 guests, including leaders of BIMSTEC countries, the Kyrgyz Republic and Mauritius.

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18:53 (IST)30 May 2019
Rahul, Sonia arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan to attend PM's swearing-in

Opposition leaders also turned up for the PM's oath-taking. The BJP had sent invite for the grand ceremony to all prominent leaders including CMs of states, governors, irrespective of the party.

18:44 (IST)30 May 2019
JD(U) will not join government, says Nitish Kumar

BJP ally JD(U) will not join the new government, party chief Nitish Kumar said.

"They wanted just one person fom the JD(U) in the cabinet, so it would have been just a symbolic participation. We informed them that it is ok we don't need it. It is not a big issue, we are fully in NDA and not upset at all. We are working together, no confusion," ANI quoted the Bihar chief minister as saying.

18:10 (IST)30 May 2019
Narendra Modi to take oath as PM: Stage set at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Rashtrapati Bhavan has been decorated for the swearing-in ceremony of the Narendra Modi as the country's next prime minister.

16:47 (IST)30 May 2019
Amit Shah to be minister in Modi govt

BJP president Amit Shah will join the list of ministers in the new government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi party's Gujarat chief said today. Shah contested his first Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar in Gujarat. 

15:38 (IST)30 May 2019
Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli arrives for Modi's swearing-in

Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli arrives in Delhi. He will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, later today.

15:22 (IST)30 May 2019
PM Modi's swearing in: Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov arrives in Delhi

Ahead of Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan today, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov arrived in Delhi. The swearing-in ceremony in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is expected to be grand affair with more than 6,000 guests, including leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, chief ministers, corporate honchos and film stars set to be in attendance as President Ram Nath Kovind administers the oath of office and secrecy to Modi and his ministerial colleagues. 

15:13 (IST)30 May 2019
PM Modi's swearing-in: BJP's Shripad Yesso Naik says invited to form govt

Shripad Yesso Naik, BJP: I want to thank the Prime Minister and Party President Amit Shah for again giving me a chance of serving the country by making me a part of the government. I have been invited to the oath taking ceremony, not been informed of the ministry yet.

15:07 (IST)30 May 2019
PM Modi to meet new ministers before swearing-in

MPs selected for ministerial berths will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 4.30 pm on Thursday, shortly before the swearing-in ceremony, PTI reported. Earlier in the morning, the prime minister held a final round of consultations with BJP president Amit Shah to give shape to his council of ministers before sending the list to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Read more here

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15:02 (IST)30 May 2019
PM Modi swearing-in ceremony: Delhi Traffic Police issues advisory, closes roads leading to Rajpath

Roads leading to Rajpath (from Vijay chowk to Rashtrapati Bhawan), Vijay chowk and adjoining areas including North and South fountain, South Avenue, North Avenue, Dara-Shikoh Road, and Church Road, will remain closed today for the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Full story here

14:09 (IST)30 May 2019
Cabinet formation: Leaders from Sena, JD(U), Apna Dal get berths

Leaders from the Shiv Sena, JD(U), Apna Dal, LJP, SAD, RSLP and AGP are likely to get a berth each in the Modi Cabinet.

14:08 (IST)30 May 2019
Modi Sarkar 2.0: These leaders will be sworn in today

The following leaders have received phone calls from Amit Shah and will be sworn in along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan today: Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, M A Naqvi, Arjun Meghwal, Ramdas Athawale, Arvind Sawant, Prakash Javdekar, Jitendra Singh, Babul Supriya, Sadanand Gowda, Kiren Rijju, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Kishan Reddy, Prahalad Patel, Suresh Angadi, Smriti Irani, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Kailash Chaudhary, Kishanpal Gujjar, Purushottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya. Among the new faces are Suresh Angadi (MP from Karnataka’s Belgavi), Debashri Choudhary (MP from Bengal’s Raiganj), Prahlad Joshi (MP from Karnataka’s Dharwad), Rattan Lal Kataria (MP from Haryana’s Ambala) and Ramesh Pokhriyal from Uttarakhand.

13:12 (IST)30 May 2019
Who's picked for Modi's Council of Ministers?

Sources have told The Indian Express that Renuka Singh is likely to get a Cabinet berth from Chhattisgarh. DV Sadananda Gowda, meanwhile, told ANI he had received a call from BJP chief Amit Shah, who confirmed he would take oath as a Union minister.

Some other names doing the rounds include Giriraj Singh, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Babul Supriyo, according to ANI.

13:01 (IST)30 May 2019
BJP leaders Piyush Goyal, Bhupender Yadav meet Amit Shah ahead of swearing-in ceremony

BJP leaders Piyush Goyal and Bhupender Yadav have been pictured at BJP president Amit Shah's residence in New Delhi.

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12:41 (IST)30 May 2019
PM Narendra Modi to meet new Council of Ministers at 4.30 pm ahead of swearing-in

The ministers who will take oath along with Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening will meet the Prime Minister at his residence at 4.30 pm, reports news agency PTI. PM Modi held talks with BJP president Amit Shah earlier today, to reportedly finalise the list of ministers for his Council. 

12:24 (IST)30 May 2019
ICYMI: Jaganmohan Reddy sworn in as Andhra Pradesh CM

In a separate important development today, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is being sworn in as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Reddy's YSR Congress Party swept the Andhra Assembly elections winning 151/175 seats. The party also walked away with 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.

12:13 (IST)30 May 2019
Cabinet formation: Who will get Finance? What about Amit Shah?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, who met earlier this morning, are rumoured to have finalised the list of Union ministers who will take oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening. Speculation is rife as to who will be given charge of the Finance Ministry, after Arun Jaitley opted out of taking responsibility in the new government citing health reasons. Also, with Shah being elected to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar, we're waiting to see what position he will take up in the government. The Indian Express has reported that Modi is likely to bring onboard his NDA allies despite BJP's thumping victory in the polls.

12:08 (IST)30 May 2019
Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony: Presidents of Sri Lanka, Myanmar arrive in New Delhi

Foreign dignitaries continue to arrive in New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Myanmar President U Win Myint were received at Delhi's IGI Airport this morning. They are among the 6,000 guests expected to attend the event at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

11:52 (IST)30 May 2019
Tight security in Delhi ahead of swearin-in: Delhi Police

Elaborate security and traffic arrangements have been made by the Delhi Police for smooth conduct of the function.

11:11 (IST)30 May 2019
PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah hold meeting ahead of swearing-in ceremony

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are holding a closed-door meeting ahead of the swearing-in ceremony this evening. Are they finalising ministerial berths in the new government? The Indian Express has reported that until last night, hectic parleys were underway for the same, with Shah reaching out to leaders, asking them to inform him about their respective choices for ministerial posts.

10:23 (IST)30 May 2019
Cabinet formation: PM Narendra Modi likely to keep NDA allies on board

There's a lot of speculation as to who will be inducted in Modi's Cabinet. Despite the BJP getting a comfortable majority – 303 out of 542 seats in Lok Sabha – the Prime Minister is likely to keep his NDA partners on board. In a statement to ANI, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says: "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."

PM Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony live updates: Modi with BJP president Amit Shah at the Kashi Vishwanath temple on Monday. (PTI Photo)

The swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday will possibly mark a new record for a single event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is preparing to host 6,000 guests in the forecourt. The guest list includes visiting heads of state from BIMSTEC countries, the Kyrgyz Republic and Mauritius, and political leaders, diplomats, chief ministers, academics, writers, celebrities, sportspeople, film personalities and achievers. The one notable absentee from last time will be the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

This is the fourth time that a Prime Minister will be sworn-in at the forecourt. The preferred swearing-in venue is usually the Durbar Hall. The only two other Prime Ministers, who have been sworn-in with the grand Rashtrapati Bhavan edifice as a backdrop, are A B Vajpayee and Chandra Shekhar.

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Before the swearing-in ceremony, BJP MPs, led by Modi and Shah, will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat as well as at the Vajpayee memorial and the new war memorial. The ceremony will be attended by leaders of BIMSTEC countries, the Kyrgyz Republic and Mauritius. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi too will be present at the function.

Arun Jaitley wrote to Modi on Wednesday opting out of taking responsibility in the new government citing his poor health.

“After my campaign had concluded and you were leaving for Kedarnath, I had orally informed you that even though I was able to discharge the responsibilities assigned to me during the campaign, I would in near future, for some time, like to keep away from any responsibility. This will enable me to concentrate on my treatment and health,” Jaitley's letter read.


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First published on: 29-05-2019 at 03:22:00 pm