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Mentors absent

Nirmala Sitharaman, elevated as Cabinet minister

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Nirmala Sitharaman, elevated as Cabinet minister, and Alphons Kannanthanam, appointed minister of state, took oath in English on Saturday. All others took oath in Hindi. No representative of the Opposition — except leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad — was present at the swearing-in ceremony. Kalraj Mishra and Sanjeev Balyan, who resigned as union ministers ahead of the reshuffle, were present at the ceremony. However, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L K Advani and M M Joshi, who are also part of the party’s ‘margdarshak mandal’, or mentors’ group, were absent.

First Published: Sun, September 03 2017. 22:36 IST