Modi Swearing In
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The ministery of External Affairs is Live Streaming the Swearing-in Ceremony of Narendra Modi in YouTube seen below: 

7: 40pm: Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif takes picture along with PM Narendra Modi and other Leaders. The Pak PM as well as all other leaders shake hands with the new PM. 

Kapil Sibal tweets: 


7:35pm: New website for PM of India Narendra Modi launched accoding to MEA



7:28pm: Oath Taking ends, everyone stands for National anthem. People chant "Bharat Mata ki Jai. The biggest democracy of the world gets its 15th Prime Minister. The New PM, along with his team of cabinet assemble to take a collective photo. 

7: 26pm: Sudharshan Bhagat takes oath as MoS

7: 25pm: Vishnu Dev takes oath as Mos in Modi cabinet 

7:24pm: Raosaheb Dhanve takes oath


7: 23pm: #NaMoOath trending in Twitter


Kiren Rijiju is one of the youngest to be minister. He is known to be a vocal anti-china politician. 


7: 17pm: Kiran Bedi and Omar Abdulla complain via tweet that the weather is too hot and request hopefuls that if they want to do an outdoor swearing in next time, let it be timed for Winter. Pakistan's PM was also seen struggling in the weather. 

 7:15: Pon Radhakrishnan takes oath as MoS in Modi Cabinet 

7: 15pm

 7: 13pm: Upendra Kushwaha takes oath as MoS in the Modi-Cabinet 

7: 12pm: Nihal Chand takes oath as another MoS

7: 11pm: Manoj Sinha takes oath as MoS in Modi Cabinet 

 7: 10pm: CM Siddeshwara takes oath as an MoS

7:07pm: Nirmala Seetharaman takes oath as another member of Modi Cabinet. She will take over as Minister with Independent Charge of Commerce.

7: 06pm: Dr Jitender Singh takes as MoS (Independent Charge)

7: 05pm:

7: 05pm: Piysh Goyal takes oath as member of Modi-cabinet

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7: 02pm: Prakash Javadekar takes oath as another minister of State 

7:00pm: Sarbananda Sonawal also takes oath as another member of Modi-cabinet. 

6: 59pm:  Dharmendra Pradhan takes oath as another minister

6: 57pm: Shripad Naik takes oath, makes mistake while reading. He starts by reading the second paragraph first. President tell him on microphone to read the first para first. 

6: 56pm: Santosh Kumar Gangwar takes oath as another minister

6: 55pm: #swearinginceremony and #ModiMinistry trending in Twitter

6: 54: Inderjit Singh Roa takes oath as another minister 

6:53: Gen VK Singh takes oath as another member of Modi cabinet 

6:52: Dr Harsh Vardhan takes oath as another minister

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6: 49pm: Smriti Irani takes oath as another minister. 

6: 46pm: Radha Mohan Singh takes oath as another member of the cabinet

6: 45pm: Thawar Chand Gehlot takes oath as another minister. 

6:45pm: Jual Oram Takes oath as another member of Modi's cabinet. 

6: 43pm: Narendra Singh Tomar takes oath as another minister

6: 42: Harshimrat Kaur takes oath as another minister



6: 37PM: Ravi Shankar Prashad takes oath as another minister:


6: 36PM:

Anant Kumar takes oath as another member of Modi Cabenet 


Maneka Gandhi takes oath as a minister  


Kalraj Mishra Takes oath as another minister:


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6: 15PM: Sushma Swaraj is the third minister to take oath. She is expected to take charge as Foreign Minister.

6:14PM: Rajnath Singh, the BJP president, is the second minister to be sworn in. He is expected to take charge of the Home Ministry.




Narendra Modi on the podium, takes oath and he is welcomed with a huge applaud

6: 08PM: 

President arrives to the sound of bungles: 





5: 57PM: Mauritius PM Navin Ramgoolam arrives: 

5: 56PM: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen arrives: 


5:53PM: SL President M. Rajapaksa Arrives for the ceremony:


5:50PM: Bhutan's PM Tshering Tobgay and his deligation arrives clad in his traditional dress 'Gho' and his orange scalf called 'Kabney'

 5: 48PM: Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif and his deligation Arrive

5:47PM: The Rashtrapati Bhawan is looking resplendent with so many people arriving. The sun is slowly setting. 

5:44PM: Dr.Manmohan Singh with wife Gursharan Kaur arrive for the event:

5: 43PM: Anil Ambani and his mother Kokilaben arrive for the ceremony.

5: 37PM: Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi arrive for the swearing in. Sonia Gandhi stops momentarily to speak to senior BJP leader LK Advani

5: 36PM: Huge screen set up at Delhi's Chandni Chauk to show live proceedings of Modi's searing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan

5:30PM: Omar Abdulla expresses more delilght for being in the ceremony: 


5:30PM: L.K. Advani seen greeting all guests present. The venue is fast filling with huge number of crowd:

5: 27PM: Kiran Bedi Expresses her happiness on being present for the swearing-in ceremony

5:26PM: Arun Jetley Arrives: 

5: 24PM: The Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt is now packed with guests and ministers-to-be. Smiriti Irani, who is expected to take portfolio of minister with independent charge, is dressed in saffron.

5: 20: P Chidambaram arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan forecourt:




 5:06PM: According to reports, Narendra Modi's Cabinet Committee on Security or CCS will not have five, but only four members for now.

Senior leader and close Modi confidant Arun Jaitley is likely to take both Finance as well as Defense Ministry, Reports NDTV.

He CCS constitutes Prime minister, the Ministers of Home, Finance, Defence and External Affairs.

5:00PM: Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Addulla says:


4: 57pm: Narendra Modi Says the following: 


4: 50PM : In a unprecedented event, Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif arrived in India for PM designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony in the early afternoon. 

4: 46PM: the ministry of External affairs has just tweeted a photo collage of the important dignatories:

4: 15PM: BJP spokesperson, Nirmal Sitharaman, is expected to be the new Commerce Minister with independent charge. 

BJP Rajya Sabha member Piyush Goel is tipped to be the Power and Coal minister with independent charge.

Team Modi is expected to have 23 Cabinet ministers, 10 ministers with independent charge and 11 ministers of state.

4:00pm: Here is the list of most important guests to be present for the ceremony:

  1. President Hamid Karzai (Afghanistan)
  2. President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (Maldives)
  3. President Mahinda Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka)
  4. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay (Bhutan)
  5. Prime Minister Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam (Mauritius)
  6. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (Nepal)
  7. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Pakistan)
  8. Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury (Bangladesh)

3:30pm: How will Team Modi Look like? Here are speculations from media sources:

BJP president Rajnath Singh is expected to get the Home Ministry

Arun Jaitley is tipped to be Finance Minister and Susma Swaraj could get External Affairs, according to unconfirmed reports

Jaitley could also be given additional charge of Defence (part of the Cabinet Committee for Security or CCS)

Former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari could get the mega Transport Ministry that could possibly include Railways and Civil Aviation portfolios, NDTV reported citing sources

Smriti Irani is tipped to be in the Union Cabinet, possibly as Human Resource Development minister

Prakash Javedkar, Senior BJP spokesperson, is expected to be given Information and Broadcasting ministry. 

3:00pm: The Swearing-in Ceremony is scheduled for 6pm (26 May). Read our story on Narendra Modi's Swearing In Ceremony below

Background Information

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi will be sworn in a massive, never-before-seen ceremony in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. All eyes will be glued to the television sets and online news portals as the much talked-about ceremony will take place.

Earlier in the day, the official list of Modi's council of ministers was sent to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. According to a report by NDTV, several BJP leaders have begun getting calls from the President's Office, possibly indicating that they could be a part of the team.

There are over 4000 guests invited for the grand swearing-in, from various countries across the globe. However, the focus on Monday's ceremony will be on the 8 delegations from India's immediate neighbors and SAARC countries.

Apart from the SAARC country leaders, BJP Overseas Affairs has said that 75 of the 90 foreign dignitaries it invited from across the world have confirmed their presence for the ceremony.

Among others, dignitaries from Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Kenya, Taiwan, Guyana, Denmark Israel, Australia, and Hong Kong, will attend the grand show.

"Great having leaders from SAARC nations & Mauritius join us during the ceremony. Their presence will make the occasion more memorable. I welcome the step by Sri Lanka & Pakistan to release our fishermen. I welcome our fishermen brother back home!" Modi said in a tweet on Sunday.

Along with Narendra Modi's swearing in, according to news sources 23 cabinet member; 10 with independent charge and 11 Ministry of States are likely to be sworn in on Monday.

Photo Op?

Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, on Saturday applauded the nod given by Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to visit India for Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony, saying that his presence will overshadow the event.

Abdullah said that he was glad that Pakistan's premier has accepted the invitation to attend the ceremony and hoped that it would mark a new beginning in Indo-Pak relations.

Every since the invitation was sent across to the SAARC leaders, the focus of the media had been on whether Nawaz Sharif would attend.

After Modi sent across invitation to all the leaders of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation), Pakistan on its first official response on Wednesday hailed Modi's initiative and said that it was a "bold move".

After his own election last year, Sharif's administration had made a suggestion that the Indian Prime Minister be invited for his inaugural ceremony, but Manmohan Singh had declined to visit the country.

4:00pm: Here is the list of most important guests to be present for the ceremony:

1.      President Hamid Karzai (Afghanistan)

2.      President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (Maldives)

3.      President Mahinda Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka)

4.      Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay (Bhutan)

5.      Prime Minister Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam (Mauritius)

6.      Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (Nepal)

7.      Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Pakistan)

8.      Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury (Bangladesh)