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Rashtrapati Bhavan gears up for the first reshuffle of Modi government

india Updated: Nov 06, 2014 21:20 IST
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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.