Rashtrapati Bhavan gears up for the first reshuffle of Modi government
Rashtrapati Bhavan is gearing up for the first cabinet reshuffle of the Modi government. Top sources told HT that it is likely to be a “big affair” and around 20 ministers are expected to take oath on Sunday afternoon.india Updated: Nov 06, 2014 21:20 IST
Rashtrapati Bhavan is gearing up for the first cabinet reshuffle of the Modi government. Top sources told HT that it is likely to be a “big affair” and around 20 ministers are expected to take oath on Sunday afternoon.
Unlike the swearing-in ceremony which was hosted at the historic forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers will be held at the Durbar Hall.
“There was no request from the government for any other venue,” added a source.
Sources in the Rashtrapati Bhavan added that the list of ministers-to-be-sworn-in is yet to be handed over to the President’s office but Prime Minister Modi and President Mukherjee held a half-an-hour discussion Thursday morning when the former came for a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Sources added that workers have already been deployed to clean up the Durbar Hall. Altogether 400-500 guests are expected to attend the swearing-in function.
President Pranab Mukherjee is learnt to have held a meeting with key officials on Thursday over the programme. He will again meet his aides once he returns from Bhutan on Saturday evening.
The President’s Office will also issue e-invitation cards for a section of the guests.
The swearing-in ceremony is slated to start at 1.30 PM. A time slot of at least two hours had been set aside for the event by the President’s secretariat.
Earlier, swearing-in ceremonies were held at Ashoka Hall which had larger audience capacity. Since Pranab Mukherjee took over as President, many official functions including swearing-in ceremonies have been shifted to its original venue of Durbar Hall.