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Pradhan, Goyal, Sitharaman, Naqvi elevated to Cabinet rank in Modi govt

President Ram Nath Kovind administers oath of office along with 9 new ministers

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Piyush Goyal
Piyush Goyal

In a reward for their performance in the government, Ministers of State for Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan, Ministers of State for Power and New & Renewable EnergyPiyush Goyal, Ministers of State for Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman, and Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs were on Sunday elevated as Cabinet ministers.
The four ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

According to television reports, the could see getting the key railway ministry. He might replace Suresh Prabhu, who received flak for a number of train accidents during his tenure as the Union railway minister. Prabhu on Sunday bid goodbye to his ministry through a post on microblogging site Twitter.

Also, TV reports suggested, citing unofficial sources, that Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley could retain both his portfolios.

The new inductees into the Modi government who were sworn in on Sunday were Shiv Pratap Shukla, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Virendra Kumar, Anantkumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Satya Pal Singh, and Alphons Kannanthanam.

Watch the full swearing-in ceremony here:

First Published: Sun, September 03 2017. 12:18 IST