NEW DELHI: As many as 25 Cabinet ministers took the oath of office, following Narendra Modi’s swearing-in for the second term as India’s Prime Minister on Thursday.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Modi, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah and senior party leader Rajnath Singh.
The Modi government includes 25 members as Cabinet ministers, 9 with independent charge, and 24 as state ministers.
Those who have been inducted as Cabinet minister include Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ramvilas Paswan, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Arjun Munda, Smriti Irani, Piyush Ghosh, Dharmendra Pradhan, Harsh Vardhan, and Prakash Javadekar.
BJP President Shah, considered as a strategist that led the BJP to a massive victory, has this time joined the Cabinet after a record win from the Ahmedabad seat. Rajnath Singh, served as the home minister in the previous term of the Modi government, returns to the Cabinet after retaining seat from Lucknow.
The Modi government in its second term has dropped former finance minister Arun Jaitley, following health issues, former external minister Sushma Swaraj, Jayant Sinha, Maneka Gandhi, and JP Nadda.
State ministers who took the oath of office include Shripad Naik, Kiran Rijiju, Jitendra Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Rao Inderjit Singh, Ashwini Kumar Chaubey, Babul Supriyo, and Ramdas Athawale, among others.