After a stupendous victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi took oath for the second consecutive time as the prime minister, along with his council of ministers, at the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan Forecourt in New Delhi this evening.
Over 8,000 guests including a number of heads of states, heads of governments, constitutional authorities, diplomats, senior political leaders and government officials are attending the ceremony.
Here are the Live updates:
11:55 pm: PM Modi holds wide-ranging talks with Kyrgyzstan prez Jeenbekov.Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday held wide-ranging talks with Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov who was here to attend the swearing in ceremony of the new government.
"Getting down to work after the oath-taking ceremony...PM @narendramodi held wide-ranging talks with President Sooronbay Jeenbekov of the Kyrgyz Republic," the prime minister's office tweeted.The two leaders held deliberations on diversifying cooperation for the mutual benefit of citizens of both the nations, it said.
11:40 pm: Modi 2.0 council of ministers: A shade younger with Smirti Irani as the youngest minister.Smriti Irani at 43 years of age has emerged as the youngest in the second Narendra Modi government's council of ministers, who with an average age of 60 years, are a shade younger than their predecessors, who had an average of 62 years.
Anurag Singh Thakur, 44, Mansukh Mandaviya and Sanjeev Kumar Balayan at 46 years and Kiren Rijiju at 47 are among the youngest in the group.
First time ministers Rameswar Teli and Debasree Chaudhuri are both 48 years old.BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan is the oldest at 73 years of age. Close on his heels are Thaawar Chand Gehlot and Santosh Kumar Gangwar at 71 years
11:30 pm: First meeting of new Union Cabinet likely Friday evening.The first meeting of the new Union Cabinet is likely to be held Friday evening, official sources said.
They said as of now there is no fixed agenda. The possible date of convening the Parliament session could be decided, they added.
The newly-elected Lok Sabha members have to be administered oath.
In the coming days, the prime minister would also decided on the various cabinet committees such as Cabinet Committee on Security, Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs and Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs.
11:20 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday described his new council of ministers as a blend of youthful energy and administrative experience.
Soon after President Ram Nath Kovind administered oath to Modi and the council of ministers, the PM in a tweet said the team is a "blend of youthful energy and administrative experience."He said it has people who have excelled as parliamentarians and those who have had distinguished professional careers."Together, we will work for India’s progress," he said.
Including the PM, 58 ministers took oath Thursday.
11:15 pm: Eight foreign leaders attend PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony.President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering were among the foreign leaders who attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.
President of Myanmar U Win Myint and Special Envoy of Thailand Grisada Boonrach also graced the ceremony at the majestic forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Prime Minister Modi and a team of 57 ministers were sworn-in by President Ram Nath Kovind at a glittering ceremony attended by around 8,000 guests.
Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov, the current chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, and Mauritius PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth also attended the ceremony.
India invited leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries as well as Jeenbekov and Jugnauth.
Besides India, BIMSTEC comprises Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.
11:05 pm: Kailash Choudhary makes the cut after defeating Manvendra Singh.Kailash Choudhary is entering Parliament after defeating a Congress heavyweight, former Union minister Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh.The first-time MP was sworn in Thursday as minister of state in the Narendra Modi-led government.He is the president of the Rajasthan unit of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha and has been active on farmers’ issues.He won from Jat-dominated Barmer, the constituency which occupies the biggest area in Rajasthan, by a margin of over three lakh votes.
11:00 pm: Debasree Chaudhuri, BJP's Raiganj bet, becomes Union minister.One of the two faces from Bengal in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers, Debasree Chaudhuri is third-time lucky in her electoral battles.
A prominent face in the BJP's Bengal brigade, Chaudhuri was baptised in politics during her college days.
She worked in the party's youth wing and women's front for years and has been one of the general secretaries of the party's state unit for the last couple of years.
Chaudhuri had her first brush with elections in 2014 when she was fielded from the Burdwan-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat. She finished third getting around 17% of votes.
In 2016, she unsuccessfully contested the assembly polls.
10:50 pm: Sushma Swaraj thanks PM Modi, hopes new govt functions with glory
Sushma Swaraj, who was a notable omission in the new NDA government, Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving her an opportunity to serve people of India as External Affairs Minister.
Taking to Twitter over an hour after the swearing-in ceremony ended, Swaraj prayed that the Modi government in its second term functions with glory.
"Prime Minister-ji -- as External Affairs Minister, you have given me opportunity in the last five years to serve the countrymen and Indians abroad and accorded me a lot of respect at personal level. I am grateful to you. I pray to God that our government functions gloriously," she said in a tweet in Hindi.
10:40 pm:White pyjama-kurta, Hindi dominating themes at swearing-in of PM Modi, ministers. Traditional Indian wear with hues of saffron and use of Hindi language for oath-taking were the overriding themes at the glittering swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers of the new NDA government.
The mega event took place in the sprawling forecourt of the iconic Rashtrapati Bhavan which was attended by heads of states of various countries and a galaxy of other high-profile guests.
Among the ministers who were sworn-in, most of them chose to take oath in Hindi while the rest did it in English.
10: 30 pm: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi -- The Muslim face in Modi govt 2.0
10:15 pm: Giriraj Singh, Kiren Rijiju, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat among those promoted by Modi
9.30 pm: Ministers of State : Teli, Dhotre, Rai among many first timers
9: 10 pm: In a balancing act, two dominant communities of Karnataka--Lingayats and Vokkaligas-- have beenaccommodated in the Narendra Modi-led new council of ministers. D V Sadananda Gowda and Pralhad Joshi, who were Karnataka BJP presidents, along with Belgaum MP Suresh Angadi have found place in the new ministry.
9:02 pm: Nityanand Rai, Rattan Lal Kataria, V Muraleedharan, Renuka Singh Saruta and Som Parkash take oath as ministers of state
9 pm: Maneka Gandhi is also not part of the new council of ministers. According to reports, she will be made the interim speaker.
8:58 pm: Newly-elected MP from Balasore, Odisha, Pratap Chandra Sarangi takes oath as minister.
8:57 pm: Piyush Goyal, the 54-year-old former union railway and coal minister, was sworn in on Thursday into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new council of ministers. Read more about him here.
8: 53 pm: Thawar Chand Gehlot, a prominent Dalit face of the BJP, has made his way to the Narendra Modi cabinet for a second consecutive time. Gehlot was appointed as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment during the Modi government's first stint in 2014.
8: 44 pm: The exclusion of the Apna Dal from the Modi government has left the party 'hurt and upset. IANS reported that Apna Dal leaders were sure that Anupriya Patel would not only be included in the government but would also be elevated to, at least, minister of state with independent charge.
8: 43 pm: Full list of Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers:
1. Rajnath Singh
2. Amit Shah
3. Nitin Gadkari
4. DV Sadananda Gowda
5. Nirmala Sitharaman
6. Ram Vilas Paswan, LJP
7. Narendra Singh Tomar
8. Ravi Shankar Prasad
9. Harsimrat Kaur Badal
10. Thawar Chand Gehlot
11. S Jaishankar
12. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
13. Arjun Munda
14. Smriti Irani
15. Dr Harshavardhan
16. Prakash Javadekar
17. Piyush Goyal
18. Dharmendra Pradhan
19. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
20. Prahlad Joshi
21. Mahendra Nath Pandey
22. Arvind Sawant, Shiv Sena
23. Giriraj Singh
24. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)
25. Santosh Kumar Gangwar
26. Rao Inderjit Singh
27. Shripad Yesso Naik
28. Jitendra Singh
29. Kiren Rijiju
30. Prahlad Singh Patel
31. Raj Kumar Singh
32. Hardeep Singh Puri
33. Mansukh Lal Mandaviya
MINISTERS OF STATE
34. Faggan Singh Kulaste
35. Ashwini Kumar Chaubey
36. Arjun Ram Meghwal
37. VK Singh
38. Krishanpal Gurjar
39. Raosaheb Danve
40. GK Reddy
41. Parshottam Rupala
42. Ramdas Athawale
43. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
44. Babul Supriyo
45. Sanjiv Kumar Baliyan
46. Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre
47. Anurag Thakur
48. Sureshchand Basappa Reddy
49. Suresh Angadi
50. Nityanand Rai
51. Ratan Lal Kataria
52. V Muraleedharan
53. Renuka Singh Saruta
54. Rameswar Teli
55. Pratap Chandra Sarangi
56. Kailash Chaudhury
57. Debasree Chaudhuri
8:36 pm: The new government has 24 cabinet ministers.
8:35 pm: Bureaucrat-turned politician and second time Lok Sabha member from Arrah in Bihar, R K Singh was inducted into the council of ministers of new Modi government.
8: 34 pm: Nine ministers of state with independent charge take oath in Modi government
8: 34 pm: Faggan Singh Kulhaste, Ashwini Choubey, Arjun Meghwal, V K Singh take oath as ministers of state.
8:31 pm: From Bollywood, Sidharth Roy Kapur, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, Vivek Oberoi, Anupam Kher, Madhur Bhandarkar and producer Boney Kapoor attended the event at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
8:30 pm: Senior BJP leader and eight-time MP Maneka Gandhi is likely to be the pro-tem speaker in the 17th Lok Sabha elections.
8:24 pm: Ex-ministers Suresh Prabhu, Jayant Sinha and Manoj Sinha dropped by Modi.
8: 18 pm: Kiren Rijiju, Prahlad Singh Patel, R K Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri and Mansukh Lal Mandaviya take oath as MoS with independent charge.
8:15 pm: In a major surprise, Sushma Swaraj, one of the senior-most leaders of the BJP, was among seven ministers of the previous Council of Ministers to be dropped as Prime Minister Narendra Modi formed his government for the second term.
8:14 pm: Celebrating the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a salon and spa owner in Bengaluru gave free haircuts to over 150 people today.
8: 12 pm: Portfolios of the new council of ministers are yet to be announced.
8:11 pm: The official website of BJP's Delhi unit was hacked on Thursday while the party's new government was being sworn in at Rashtrapati Bhavan.The hackers posted pictures of beef on website of the party's Delhi unit.
8:10 pm: Known for his simplicity and honesty, Santosh Gangwar, who has been elected as Lok Sabha member from Rohilkhand region for the eighth time, sworn in as a Union minister Thursday. Gangwar was Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) in the outgoing government.
8:05 pm: Santosh Gangwar, Rao Inderjit, Shripad Naik and Jitendra Singh sworn-in as ministers of state with independent charge
8 pm: Santosh Gangwar, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Dr Jitendra Singh sworn-in.
7: 55 pm: The display picture of Narendra Modi's Twitter handle and Facebook was updated minutes before he took oath as the prime minister for the second time on Thursday. In his new photo, the 68-year-old stalwart is wearing a light blue shirt with black half-jacket, also known as Modi jacket.
7:53 pm: Mahendra Nath Pandey, Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant and Giriraj Singh take oath as Union Ministers.
7:49 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said the second term of the Modi government is the beginning of a "new era for new India".
7:46 pm: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Prahlad Joshi take oath as Union Ministers
7:42 pm: Dharmendra Pradhan takes oath
7: 41 pm: Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal take oath as Union Ministers
7:40 pm: Ramesh Pokhriyal and Arjun Munda sworn-in as union ministers.
7:33 pm: Smriti Irani, who defeated Rahul Gandhi from Amethi Lok Sabha seat, takes oath.
7:30 pm: Thavad Chand Gehlot and Harsimrat Kaur Badal also took oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
7:28 pm: Former foreign secretary S. Jaishankar took oath as cabinet minister.
7:25pm: Nitin Gadkari, often dubbed as the one of the high performing ministers during the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, is expected to be entrusted with key responsibilities in the second term too.
7:21 pm: LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan takes oath as union minister. He served as Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in NDA-1
7:20 pm: Industrialist Mukesh Ambani, veteran industry leader Ratan Tata, steel baron L.N. Mittal and Adani Group head Gautam Adani were among the who's who of corporate India present at the grand swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
7:19 pm: Sushma Swaraj, Suresh Prabhu, V.K. Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Jayant Sinha and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore were among the Union Ministers missing from the dais for ministers to be inducted in the new Modi government.
7:17 pm: Sadananda Gowda, former Karnataka chief minister and Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in NDA 1, takes oath as union minister. He is inducted into Cabinet.
7: 14 pm: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was missing from the dais for the ministers to be inducted in the new Cabinet during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
7:12 pm: Nitin Gadkari takes oath.
7:09 pm: Amit Shah takes oath
7:07 pm: Rajnath Singh is the second minister in Modi's council of ministers to take oath.
7:04 pm: Narendra Modi took oath as India's 15th Prime Minister.
6:59 pm: PM Modi reaches Rashtrapati Bhavan
6:50 pm: This is 4th time that a swearing-in is being held in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
6:42 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
6: 39 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and senior BJP leader LK Advani have arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
6:37 pm: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said his party is not upset at not being given a cabinet berth. "They wanted only one person from JDU in the cabinet, so it would have been just a symbolic participation. We informed them that it is okay, we don't need it. It is not a big issue. We are fully in NDA and not upset at all. We are working together, no confusion," Kumar told reporters.
6:32 pm: Actor Rajinikanth and his wife Latha arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
6:15 pm: BJP President Amit Shah arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
6: 10 pm: JD(U) will not join government, say party leader Pavan Varma.
5:52 pm: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao will miss the swearing-in ceremony as their special flight did not get permission to land in Delhi.
5:41 pm: Bollywood Producer and veteran actor Jeetendra is in Delhi to attend the ceremony. "I'm a big follower of Modi and an ardent fan. I think the country is in beautiful hands. I am so happy for my countrymen and happy for myself to be here today," he said.
5:27 pm: PM Modi is likely to induct BJP MPs from West Bengal into his cabinet as the party won 18 seats in the state during the Lok Sabha elections. Debasree Chaudhuri and Babul Supriyo's names are in the list.
5:18 pm: Fuelling speculation, former foreign secretary S. Jaishankar also went to PM Modi's residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg before the swearing-in ceremony begins.
5:14 pm: A group of NRIs today visited BJP headquarters in New Delhi.
5:07 pm: Families of BJP workers killed in West Bengal during Lok Sabha election have also been invited to be part of the swearing-in.
5 pm: Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi will attend Modi's swearing-in today.
4:59 pm: Three newly elected MPs from Karnataka -- D V Sadananda Gowda, Pralhad Joshi, and Suresh Angadi -- will take oath today.
4:55 pm: Gujarat BJP president said Amit Shah is going to be part of PM Narendra Modi’s cabinet.
4:43 pm: Goa's Shripad Naik to be inducted in Modi cabinet: IANS
4:42 pm: Shiv Sena has slammed Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for skipping the oath-taking ceremony.
4:37 pm: Among filmstars, Rajinikanth, Kangana Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Karan Johar will attend the swearing-in ceremony.
4:30 pm: BJP MP Hema Malini said PM Modi is ready with a plan for India.
4:22 pm: The swearing-in ceremony will be of about 90 minutes.
4:13 pm: Delhi Police and paramilitary forces have deployed around 10,000 security personnel in the national capital today. Over 2,000 securitymen will also be deployed along the route to be taken by Modi and other foreign dignitaries.
4:05 pm: Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid arrived is in Delhi to participate in the oath taking ceremony of Narendra Modi.
4:03 pm: Actress Kangana Ranaut will also be attending the swearing-in ceremony.
3:56 pm: Officially, the BJP or the government has not yet revealed the list of new ministers.
3:50 pm: Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, Sensex today ended 329 points higher at 39,831, marking a new closing high.
3:47 pm: Rashtrapati Bhavan kitchen's speciality 'Dal Raisina' will be served to foreign delegates in a dinner to be hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind to dignitaries after the function.
3:40 pm: Among some of the new faces that are likely to be inducted include Prahlad Patel from Madhya Pradesh, Kailash Chowdhry from Rajasthan, Krishna Reddy from Telangana and Suresh Angedi from Karnataka and Raosaheb Danve from Maharashtra.
3:35 pm: Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli arrives in Delhi.
3:27 pm: The new Modi government is likely to showcase the party's newfound strength in different regions during the swearing-in ceremony.
3:21 pm: Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has arrived in Delhi to attend the swearing-in.
3:16 pm: After the swearing-in, PM Modi will be on a tight schedule from June till August as he will be on foreign tours holding bilaterals back to back beginning with Maldives, Bishkek and Osaka.
-3:10 pm: Veteran BJP leader Sushma Swaraj is also likely to be part of the government. She handles the foreign affairs ministry at present.s
-3 pm: BJP leader Santosh Gangwar said he cannot be the pro-tem speaker after becoming a minister.
-2.40 pm: JD(U) could back either Ram Nath Thakur or Santosh Kushwaha for ministership
-2.29 pm: Anupam Kher invited for the swearing-in ceremony
"It feels good to be a part of a historic event. Development was the focus for this Lok Sabha elections. As citizens of the country, it is time for us to also make our contribution to the country," Anupam Kher was quoted as saying by ANI.
-2:20 pm: Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel is also likely to become a minister.
-2:11 pm: Each NDA ally is likely to get one cabinet: PTI
-2:10pm: LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan is hopeful of getting a berth in the Modi government.
-1:52 pm: Ahead of swearing-in ceremony, Sensex is up 350 points.
-1:43 pm: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Myanmar President U Win Myint and Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering have already arrived in Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
-1:41 pm: BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari, DV Sadananda Gowda, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Giriraj Singh, Babul Supriyo and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal will be sworn-in as ministers in the second government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening, according to ANI.
-1:36 pm: Several political leaders including Nitin Gadkari, Ram Vilas Paswan will meet PM Narendra Modi at 4:30 pm today at his residence.
-1:20 pm: Before the swearing-in ceremony, PM Modi went to the Rashtriya Samar Smarak and also to Rajghat and Sadaiv Atal to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
-1:15 pm: Smriti Irani, after her spectacular win against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is expected to get an important ministry. She was in charge of textiles and information and broadcasting ministries in the first Modi government.
-1:05 pm: BJP allies like Shiv Sena, JD(U), AIADMK, LJP, Akali Dal and Apna Dal are set to be represented in the new government.
-12:58 pm: PM Modi met Arun Jaitley, who has opted out of accepting ministry berth on health grounds, last night at his residence.
-12:54 pm: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP MP from Asansol, Babul Supriyo will take oath as ministers: ANI
-12:50 pm: Senior BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Smriti Irani are likely to join the second Modi government.
-12:45 pm: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said Uddhav Thackeray has given the name of Arvind Sawant as its nominee for minister in the new Modi government.
-12:44 pm: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh will not attend PM Narendra Modi's oath ceremony today: ANI
- 12:38 pm: Delhi Traffic Police has issued a notice saying that movement of general public will be closed at Rajpath from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhawan, Vijay Chowk and adjoining areas including North & South fountain, South Avenue, North Avenue, Dara Shikoh Road, Church Road between 4 PM to 9 PM today due to security arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony.
-12:33 pm: Delhi Police has made elaborate arrangements for PM's swearing-in ceremony. Madhur Verma, DCP, New Delhi, said there will be three-layer security arrangements, the first layer is of VIP security as well as Rashtrapati Bhawan, followed by a layer of Delhi Police.
-12:28 pm: BJP president Amit Shah, who has won Gandhinagar seat, is also likely to be included in the cabinet. It is being speculated that Amit Shah will get one of the four major portfolios -- Finance, Home, Defence or External Affairs.
-12:25 pm: In the absence of Arun Jaitley, railway minister Piyush Goyal is being seen as a key contender for the finance ministry portfolio.
-12:20 pm: PM Modi's new council of ministers will meet him at 4.30 pm at his residence: PTI
- 12:14 pm: Before the swearing-in ceremony in the evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a final round of discussion with BJP president Amit Shah this morning on his council of ministers.