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Narendra Modi Swearing-in Highlights: Sushma Swaraj dropped from PM Modi’s new team, tweets ‘Thank you’ note

Narendra Modi Swearing-in LIVE Updates: Narendra Modi took oath as prime minister for his second consecutive term at 7 pm today. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won Lok Sabha elections 2019 with a clear majority.

By HT Correspondent | May 31, 2019 10:55 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath for a second term today at 7 pm. The ceremony was attended by 6,000 invitees, including foreign dignitaries, allies and adversaries.

Also read: PM Modi begins day at Rajghat, Vajpayee’s memorial before taking oath

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh attended the ceremony which took place at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Also read: NDA II takes oath today, all eyes on Modi’s new team

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10:05 pm IST

Sushma Swaraj tweets her farewell note to PM Modi, ends with a prayer

Sushma Swaraj dropped from PM Modi’s new team tweets her ‘Thank you’ note.

09:01 pm IST

Devashree Chaudhary takes oath

Devashree Chaudhary takes oath as minister

08:57 pm IST

Rameshwar Telli, Pratap Chandra Sarangi take oath

Rameshwar Telli and Pratap Chandra Sarangi take oath as minister on Thursday.

08:52 pm IST

Former IAS officer Som Parkash takes oath as minister

Former IAS officer Som Parkash takes oath as minister

08:51 pm IST

Renuka Singh takes oath

First time minister Renuka Singh takes oath as minister.

08:44 pm IST

BJP Bihar chief Nityanand Rai and Ratanlal Kattaria take oath

BJP Bihar chief Nityanand Rai takes oath. He defeated RSLP chef Upendra Kushwaha in Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Ratanlal Kattaria, Bharatiya Janata Party leader from Haryana, takes oath as well.

08:42 pm IST

Babul Supriyo and Anurag Singh Thakur take oath as ministers

Babul Supriyo, Sanjeev Balyan and Anurag Singh Thakur take oath as ministers.

Babul Supriyo, who was elected to Lok Sabha from Asansol in West Bengal for a second term, took oath as a minister Thursday. In 2019, he was renominated from Asansol Lok Sabha seat and was pitted against actor-turned politician Moon Moon Sen of TMC.

08:20 pm IST

V.K. Singh takes oath at the ceremony in New Delhi

V.K. Singh takes oath at the ceremony in New Delhi.

08:16 pm IST

Ashwini Kumar Choubey takes oath as minister

BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Choubey takes oath as minister at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Faggan Singh Kulaste and Arjun Ram Meghwal took oath as Union Ministers.

08:11 pm IST

Hardeep Singh Puri takes oath as minister

Hardeep Singh Puri takes oath as minister.

08:06 pm IST

Prahlad Singh Patel , R K Singh take oath as minister

Madhya Pradesh BJP MP Prahlad Singh Patel , R K Singh take oath as minister

Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also took oath. 

08:04 pm IST

Kiren Rijiju takes oath

Kiren Rijiju takes oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

07:43pm IST

Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal take oath

Prakash Javadekar, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson. and Piyush Goyal take oath as cabinet minister on Thursday.

07:34 pm IST

Smriti Irani takes oath as cabinet minister

Smriti Irani, who beat Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in Lok Sabha elections 2019, takes oath as cabinet minister

07:28 pm IST

Ex foreign secretary S Jaishankar takes oath

Ex foreign secretary S Jaishankar takes oath as cabinet minister on Thursday at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

07:26 pm IST

Narendra Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal take oath

Narendra Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal take oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

07:18 pm IST

Ram Vilas Paswan takes oath as cabinet minister

Ram Vilas Paswan, who did not contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections, takes oath as cabinet minister

07:17 pm IST

Nitin Gadkari and Nirmala Sitharaman take oath as Union Ministers

BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari and Nirmala Sitharaman took oath as Union Ministers

07:15 pm IST

Modi’s mother Heeraben watches the swearing-in ceremony in Gujarat

Heeraben Modi, mother of PM Narendra Modi watches the swearing in ceremony at her home in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad.

07:13 pm IST

Rajnath Singh takes oath, joins cabinet

After Modi and Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh takes oath, joins cabinet.

07:10 pm IST

After Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah takes oath, joins cabinet

Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah took oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Shah is part of Modi’s new cabinet.

07:00 pm IST

Modi takes oath as the prime minister of India for the second term

Narendra Modi takes oath as the prime minister of India for the second term at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Watch Modi take oath:

6:55 pm IST

Narendra Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan, to take oath shortly

Narendra Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan, to take oath shortly.

 

6:50 pm IST

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena arrives at PM Modi’s swearing in ceremony

Srilanka President Maithripala Sirisena arrives at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony.

6:45 pm IST

Sushma Swaraj arrives at PM Modi’s oath event

Sushma Swaraj arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan for Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony.

6:40 pm IST

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul arrive for PM Modi’s oath event

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul arrive for PM Modi’s oath event.

06:34 pm IST

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar arrives for Modi’s oath ceremony

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi to attend Narendra Modi’s oath taking ceremony.

06:31 pm IST

Nirmala Sitharaman and Giriraj Singh arrive

BJP leaders Nirmala Sitharaman and Giriraj Singh arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

06:28 pm IST

Rajinikanth arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan to attend Modi’s oath taking

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth arrived at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi to attend Modi’s oath taking ceremony.

06:24 pm IST

Rajnath Singh arrives for Modi’s oath ceremony

Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

06:21 pm IST

Nitish Kumar’s party will not join government, says JD (U) leader Pavan Varma

The Janata Dal (United) will not be part of the government, says Pavan Varma of Nitish Kumar’s party, news agency PTI said. News channel NDTV added that the JD (U) wanted 2 berths in the Cabinet but had been offered only one. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had recently indicated that his party wanted to join the BJP-led national coalition.

06:18 pm IST

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani arrives

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita Ambani, Adani group chairman Gautam Adani were among those who arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt on Thursday evening for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in.

06:13 pm IST

Big leaders start to arrive for Modi’s oath ceremony

Smriti Irani, former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Uma Bharti and others arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan for Modi’s oath ceremony.

06:06 pm IST

Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan

BJP chief Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

06:00 pm IST

Visuals from outside Rashtrapati Bhavan

Visuals from outside Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

05:51 pm IST

Kerala’s V. Muraleedharan to join Modi ministry

Kerala BJP chief V. Muraleedharan is set to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new ministry.

“I always worked among the people. With this new responsibility, I will continue to work for the upliftment of the people,” IANS quoted Muraleedharan.

05:45 pm IST

Telangana’s first-time MP to find place in Modi ministry

BJP’s first-time MP from Telangana, G. Kishan Reddy, will take oath as Union Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ministry on Thursday evening, IANS reported.

Kishan Reddy, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from Secunderabad, will be the lone face in the Union Ministry from Telangana.

BJP chief Amit Shah telephoned Reddy and told him to reach Delhi. Kishan Reddy then broke the news to his supporters.

05:35 pm IST

With eyes on assembly polls, Modi to induct West Bengal MPs into cabinet

With Union Cabinet set to sworn-in later today, at least two MPs from West Bengal are on board, ANI reported.

The development comes ahead of crucial assembly elections in the state, where the BJP made a big dent into TMC’s share of Lok Sabha seats in the recently concluded national polls.

Debasree Chaudhuri, newly-elected BJP MP from Raiganj is set to be a part of Narendra Modi’s new cabinet, while Babul Supriyo, who registered victory over TMC’s Moon Moon Sen with 1.97 lakh votes, will be a part of the government once again, report in ANI said.

05:28 pm IST

With no permission to land, KCR, Jagan cancel Delhi visit

Chief Ministers of two Telugu states – Telangana’s K Chandrashekhar Rao and Andhra Pradesh’s YS Jagan Mohan Reddy – may end up missing Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi later this evening.

The details are still not clear but sources said, the dignitaries slipped up on the timelines leading to a late lunch. They weren’t taking a commercial flight and it did not seem to matter. But it did.

When they were finally prepped to fly out to Delhi, the authorities in Delhi told them that they were too late to land in Delhi before the airspace around the national capital would be closed to non-scheduled flights.

Read the complete report here

05:15 pm IST

Ex-foreign secretary S. Jaishankar arrives at Modi’s residence

Former foreign secretary S. Jaishankar also arrives at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, PM Modi’s residence in Delhi, reports news agency ANI.

04: 56 pm IST

Shripad Yesso Naik secures place in Modi’s new cabinet

Former Union minister of State for AYUSH and North Goa MP Shripad Yesso Naik will be inducted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet later on Thursday, ANI reported.

BJP leader Naik, who had secured a fifth consecutive win from North Goa Lok Sabha seat by defeating his nearest Congress rival Girish Chodankar with a margin of 80,247 votes, told ANI: “I want to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah for again giving me a chance of serving the country by making me a part of his cabinet.”

04:48 pm IST

Resident of Bihar sells tea in Delhi to show support for Modi

Ashok, a resident of Muzaffarpur, Bihar, is selling tea in Delhi to show his support for PM Modi, ANI reported.

“I sell tea in Muzaffarpur. I try to visit & sell tea wherever PM Modi holds a public meeting at. I will be selling tea until the ceremony, I will go back once it is over,” Ashok told ANI.

04:36 pm IST

To celebrate Modi’s oath-taking, BJP workers polish people’s shoes

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Indore on Thursday celebrated the sweeping election victory of the BJP-led alliance by polishing people’s shoes,news agency IANS reported.

BJP Councillor Sanjay Kataria led the activists on Radisson Chowk where surprised passers-by were invited to get their footwear polished to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory.

“Narendra Modi says no work is too small. He himself took the broom to clean (for Clean India campaign),” Kataria said, adding he had also ended the VIP culture.

04:22 pm IST

Bollywood stars land in Delhi for Modi’s oath-taking ceremony

The A-listers of Indian film industry such as Karan Johar, Rajinikanth, Boney Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut are expected to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, a report in PTI said.

Sidharth Roy Kapur, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, and actor Shahid Kapoor confirmed to PTI that they will be present for the event.

04:18 pm IST

Gujarat BJP president meets Amit Shah, congratulates him

Jitendrabhai Savjibhai Vaghani, Gujarat BJP President tweets: Met Amit Shah ji and congratulated him for becoming a part of PM Narendra Modi’s Cabinet.

04:10 pm IST

Along with Modi, 3 MPs from Karnataka to take oath as Union ministers

Three newly elected MPs from Karnataka will be taking oath as members of Union Council of Ministers, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening.

They are D V Sadananda Gowda, who was a member of the Modi Cabinet earlier, Pralhad Joshi, a four-time MP from Dharwad and Suresh Angadi, four-time MP from Belgaum.

The three MPs announced their induction into the Council of Ministers on Twitter.

04:00 pm IST

Hours before oath taking, NRI supporters of PM Modi visit BJP headquarters

Several NRIs on Thursday visited Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) headquarters here just hours before the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers, a report in ANI said.

“India has become the world’s fastest economy under Modi ji. He has now become a famous world leader. He has worked at the ground level. PM Modi has fulfilled all his promises within five years. He is a very truthful and committed leader. I am sure that by 2024, he will again be able to fulfill all his promises,” said an NRI from New York to ANI.

03:53 pm IST

Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli reaches Delhi for oath ceremony

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has arrived in Delhi. He will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, later today.

03:37 pm IST

Kyrgyzstan president Sooronbay Jeenbekov arrives in Delhi

President of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov has arrived in Delhi to attend prime minister Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony.

03:25 pm IST

‘Country needs a strong govt and it is getting one’: Sukhbir Singh Badal

“It is a matter of joy that a new govt is being formed. Country needs a strong govt and it is getting one,” said Sukhbir Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal President, on attending the swearing-in ceremony of the PM today. :ANI

03:10 pm IST

DGCA regulations force KCR, Jagan to cancel Delhi tour

Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy were forced to cancel their Delhi tour as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) prohibited landing of planes after 3 pm.

02:51 pm IST

Sri Lankan president reaches Delhi for PM Modi’s oath ceremony

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena reached Delhi for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony which is to begin at 7 pm.

02:30 pm IST

‘Can’t be the pro-tem speaker after becoming a minister’: Santosh Gangwar

“I can’t be the pro-tem speaker after becoming a minister. Someone else will get that post. I will carry out whatever responsibility will be given to me,” said BJP’s Santosh Gangwar on reports that he is likely to be appointed as Pro-tem Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha. :ANI

02:15 pm IST

Anupam Kher to attend PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

Anupam Kher is going to attend PM Modi’s oath ceremony today. “It feels good to be a part of a historic event. Development was the focus for these Lok Sabha elections. As citizens of the country, it is time for us to also make our contribution to the country,” said Anupam Kher. :ANI

02:10 pm IST

Prakash Javadekar to meet PM Modi

Prakash Javadekar is going to meet prime minister Narendra Modi at 4:30 pm today. :ANI

02:00 pm IST

Santosh Gangwar, Jitendra Singh, Nityanand Rai to meet PM Modi

BJP leaders Santosh Gangwar, Jitendra Singh and Nityanand Rai to meet PM Narendra Modi at 4:30 PM today at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. :ANI

01:40 pm IST

Nitin Gadkari to meet PM Modi at 4:30 pm

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is going to meet PM Narendra Modi at 4:30 pm today at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. :ANI

01:35 pm IST

‘Asked to become minister in PM Modi’s cabinet’: Rattan Lal Kataria

Rattan Lal Kataria said he has been invited to be a part of prime minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.

01:30 pm IST

‘I am invited to be a part of this govt’: BJP’s Mansukh Lal Mandaviya

“Narendra Modi ji and Amit Shah ji have shown trust in me once again and invited me to be a part of this government. I am grateful to both of them,” said BJP’s Mansukh Lal Mandaviya.

01:12 pm IST

BJP’s DV Sadananda Gowda to attend PM Modi’s oath ceremony

BJP’s DV Sadananda Gowda said he has been asked to attend the prime minister’s swearing-in ceremony. :ANI

 

01:07 pm IST

‘Will create 4 lakh jobs at village-level by August 15’: Jagan Reddy

“By August 15, we are going to create four lakh jobs at the village level” said Jagan Mohan Reddy.

01:05 pm IST

‘I will fulfil all promises made in manifesto’: Jagan Mohan Reddy

“I stand by all that I promised you in our manifesto. I will fulfil all promises and address all issues mentioned in the manifesto,” Jagan Mohan Reddy said.

01:02 pm IST

‘I promise to always stand by you’: Jagan Mohan Reddy tells people

“I promise you that I will always stand by you,” Jagan Mohan Reddy tells the people of Andhra Pradesh.

01:00 pm IST

Jagan Mohan Reddy begins his speech after swearing-in as CM

“I had walked with you for 3.680 km and understood your issues. I am thankful to everybody, you all have given me a huge success. I honour the people’s judgement,” said Jagan Mohan Reddy.

12:57 pm IST

‘Jagan is young, but has courage, strength to fulfil responsibility’: KCR

“Jagan Mohan Reddy is young, but he has a huge responsibility. I strongly believe he has the courage, strength, determination and will power to fulfil his responsibility,” said Telangana CM K. Chandrashekar Rao

12:47 pm IST

Religious prayers for the new Andhra CM begin

Hindu priests chant hymns and Christian priests and Muslim ulemas bless Jagan Mohan Reddy.

12:44 pm IST

SAD’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal, BJP’s Babul Supriyo to take oath today

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP MP from Asansol, Babul Supriyo will take oath as ministers today evening.

12:33 pm IST

Andhra cabinet ministers likely to take oath on June 7

Cabinet ministers of Andhra Pradesh are likely to take oath on June 7.

Also read: Jagan Mohan Reddy’s ten-year journey to Andhra’s top job

12:27 pm IST

Jagan Mohan Reddy takes oath as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh

Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has begun taking oath of office and secrecy in Telugu.

12:25 pm IST

Andhra Governor E S L Narasimhan enters the dais

Andhra Governor E S L Narasimhan has entered the dais and hugged Jagan Mohan Reddy.

12:21 pm IST

Governor E S L Narasimhan is yet to arrive at the venue

Jagan Mohan Reddy has occupied the Chief Minister-designate chair. Governor E S L Narasimhan is yet to arrive at the venue.

12:18 pm IST

DMK chief MK Stalin reach IGMC stadium

DMK chief M K Stalin and Pondicherry minister Malladi Krishna Rao are also in attendance at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium.

12:15 pm IST

Jagan Mohan Reddy reaches oath-taking ceremony venue

Jagan Mohan Reddy has reached the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, the venue of his oath-taking ceremony.

12:10 pm IST

Telangana, Odisha CMs reach the venue of Jagan’s oath ceremony

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik have already reached the venue of Andhra CM’s oath-taking ceremony.

12:05 pm IST

Jagan’s mother, daughters and wife to accompany him

Jagan Mohan Reddy’s mother Vijayalakshmi, wife Bharati, sister Sharmila and daughters Harsha Reddy and Varsha Reddy will follow him to the swearing-in venue.

12:00 pm IST

Jagan Mohan Reddy leaves his residence for oath venue

Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has left his Tadepalli residence in Amaravati to go to Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijayawada, where he will be sworn-in as the new chief minister of Andhra Pradesh at 12:23 pm.

11:50 am IST

Myanmar president U Win Myint arrives in Delhi for oath ceremony

President of Myanmar, U Win Myint, has arrived in Delhi. He will attend PM Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan later today.

11:40 am IST

Local priests bless Jagan Mohan Reddy ahead of oath-taking

Local priests meet CM designate YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and bless him, in Vijayawada, ahead of his swearing-in ceremony today.

Local priests bless Jagan Mohan Reddy ahead of oath-taking. ( ANI Twitter )
11:35 am IST

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh not to attend PM Modi’s oath ceremony

“Punjab CM Amarinder Singh will not attend PM Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony,” Raveen Thukral, Media Adviser to Punjab CM said.

11:27 am IST

Shiv Sena lauds PM Modi for not inviting Pak PM Imran Khan

Shiv Sena mouthpiece “Saamna” lauded Narendra Modi for not inviting Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan in his swearing ceremony saying that Modi has decided not to work against the sentiments of the people.

11:15 am IST

Sena slams Mamata Banerjee for not attending PM Modi’s swearing-in

“If Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister again, then democracy will be in danger, such doubts were expressed by opponents. Mamata Banerjee was amongst the foremost people who made such noise of fighting against Modi’s dictatorship. But Modi has been elected democratically and is taking oath within the constitution,” Shiv Sena mouthpiece “Saamna” said in its editorial titled “Ishwariya Yojana”.

11:12 am IST

Meeting underway between PM Modi, Amit Shah

A meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah is underway at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.

11:10 am IST

Family members of BJP workers killed in Bengal reach Delhi

Family members of 54 BJP workers who were killed in political violence in West Bengal, arrived in Delhi to take part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony today. :ANI

11:00 am IST

Three-tier security, 10,000 cops on vigil for oath-taking function

The Delhi police have put in place water-tight security for the oath taking ceremony of the NDA II led by PM-elect Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 7pm today. “Apart from security arrangements we have coordinated arrangement with traffic also. Around 8,000 to 10,000 police personnel along with traffic personnel have been deployed”, Madhur Verma, DCP, New Delhi said.

10:50 am IST

Thailand’s Special Envoy Grisada Boonrac arrives in Delhi

Thailand’s Special Envoy Grisada Boonrac arrived in Delhi to take part in PM Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony today. Thailand’s Ambassador to India, Chutintorn Gongsakdi said, “We have come to celebrate India’s vibrant and resilient democracy.” :ANI

10:30 am IST

Speculation rife about Amit Shah moving to North Block

Speculation is rife about Amit Shah possibly moving to North Block if Modi decides to induct him in the government.

10:15 am IST

Arvind Sawant Sena’s pick for minister post in govt: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said Arvind Sawant is the party’s pick for the minister post in PM Narendra Modi’s government. :ANI

10:00 am IST

Amit Shah reaches prime minister’s residence

BJP national president Amit Shah is going to meet Narendra Modi soon. He has reached the prime minister’s residence.

09:55 am IST

Traffic diversions in central Delhi for PM’s swearing-in event

Commuters driving through New Delhi and Central Delhi areas may face traffic snarls on Thursday evening as arterial roads will remain closed for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet.

09:40 am IST

New council expected to retain most veterans

The new council of ministers is expected to retain most veterans, other than Arun Jaitley.

09:25 am IST

‘Mamata Banerjee caused bloodshed, lost face’: Manoj Tiwari

“Mamata Banerjee should not attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi. Because of the way she has caused bloodshed in a democracy, she has lost face,” said BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee not attending PM Modi’s oath ceremony today. :ANI

09:10 am IST

Efforts towards government formation in full swing

Efforts towards government formation were in full swing with PM Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah holding a three-hour meeting on Wednesday after four hours of discussions the previous day on the allocation of cabinet positions.

08:52 am IST

‘I have had some serious health challenges’: Arun Jaitley

“During the last 18 months, I have had some serious health challenges,” Jaitley, 66, wrote in an open letter to Modi. “I am writing to you to formally request you that I should be allowed a reasonable time for myself, my treatment and my health and, therefore, not be a part of any responsibility, for the present, in the new government,” he wrote.

8:38 am IST

Arun Jaitley rules himself out of the new cabinet

Arun Jaitley ruled himself out of the new cabinet yesterday, citing health issues.

08:25 am IST

‘Excited to take part in oath-taking ceremony’: Maharashtra MP

“I am excited to take part in PM Modi’s oath ceremony. A number of youngsters have been elected this time, they will bring with them a new vision,” said Navneet Kaur Rana, Member of Parliament from Amravati, Maharashtra. :ANI

07:59 am IST

Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering arrives in Delhi to take part in ceremony

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhle received Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering, as he arrived in Delhi. PM Lotay Tshering will attend PM Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan later today. :ANI

Prime minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering, arrives in Delhi to take part in oath-taking ceremony. ( ANI Twitter )
07:55 am IST

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee not to take part in ceremony

West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said she will not be taking part in the swearing-in ceremony of prime minister Narendra Modi, citing the BJP’s decision to invite relatives of 54 of its activists the ruling party says have died in political violence in West Bengal.

07:47 am IST

Jagan Mohan Reddy to swear-in as Andhra CM today

Jagan Mohan Reddy will take oath as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh today.

 

07:40 am IST

PM Modi pays tribute at National War Memorial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute at the National War Memorial in Delhi. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Vice Chief of Air Force Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria were also present. :ANI

07:30 am IST

Rahul Gandhi to attend PM’s oath-taking ceremony

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh will be in attendance at the 7pm swearing-in ceremony.

07:10 am IST

Narendra Modi pays homage to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi paid homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sadaiv Atal memorial in Delhi.

07:05 am IST

PM visits Rajghat, pays respects to Mahatma Gandhi

Narendra Modi visited Rajghat ahead of taking oath as prime minister and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi.

 

07:00 am IST

Narendra Modi to take oath as prime minister today

Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi will take oath for a second term today at 7 pm at Rashtrapati Bhavan.