Narendra Modi To Take Oath As PM On May 30 At 7pm

New Delhi: Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi will take the oath of office and secrecy with his council of ministers on 30 May, according to a statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan released on Sunday.

The announcement came three days after Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) notched up a massive victory in the just concluded national polls. Modi’s BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) returned to power on Thursday winning 353 seats, beating its previous tally of 336 seats. The BJP alone won 303 seats, a considerable increase from the 282 seats it had won the last time.

“The President will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on 30 May at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” said an official statement from the president’s office on Sunday.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday invited Modi to form the government. Narendra Modi had met the president to stake claim to form the government after a delegation of senior leaders of the NDA met the president and handed over letters of support.

The NDA had met on Saturday and unanimously elected Modi as the leader of the parliamentary party. He was then authorized to stake claim to form the government.

According to reports, BJP president Amit Shah, elected to the Lok Sabha from Ahmedabad, could be given the home ministry portfolio, with incumbent Rajnath Singh being moved to defence and Nirmala Sitharaman, who has held the defence portfolio, being shifted to external affairs given that incumbent Sushma Swaraj decided against contesting the elections.

Similarly, Dharmendra Pradhan and Ravi Shankar Prasad are being expected to continue in the second Modi cabinet. It is also being speculated that Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, who defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi Lok Sabha Constituency, could be given an important portfolio.

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