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20 first-timers in Modi's Cabinet


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As Narendra Modi took oath as 15th Prime Minister of India along with his new Cabinet in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, as many as 20 members who took the oath are first-time ministers.
Among the prominent ones to take the oath were Anurag Thakur, Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant and S Jaishankar, who served as Foreign Secretary in the first Modi ministry.
Here's a list of the full first-time ministers in the second term of the Modi government:
Cabinet Ministers
1. S Jaishankar
2. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
3. Arjun Munda
4. Pralhad Joshi
5. Arvind Sawant
Ministers of State
1. Prahalad Singh Patel
2. G. Kishan Reddy
3. Anurag Thakur
4. Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre
5. Debasree Chaudhuri
6. Kailash Choudhary
7. Pratap Chandra Sarangi
8. Rameswar Teli
9. Nityanand Rai
10. Rattan Lal Kataria
11. V. Muraleedharan
12. Renuka Singh Saruta
13. Som Parkash
14. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa
Ministers of State (Independent Charge)
1. Prahalad Singh Patel
BJP leaders including Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dharmendra Pradhan, Prakash Javadekar and Smriti Irani who were a part of the first Modi government, also took oath as Cabinet Ministers.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Modi and ministers at the function which was attended by heads of government and representatives from BIMSTEC countries, besides Prime Minister of Mauritius and President of Kyrgyzstan.
Several overseas friends of the party from 15 countries, including the US, Australia, Germany, and the UK, were also invited.
Riding high on the planks of muscular nationalism and anti-Congressism, BJP, which had won 282 seats in 2014, improved its tally by notching up 303 seats.
Along with its NDA allies, the number swelled to 353 in the 543-member Lower House of the Parliament.
With this, Modi became the first Prime Minister outside of Congress to win two consecutive terms with a full majority since 1971.

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First Published: May 30 2019 | 9:35 PM IST

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