Narendra Modi took the oath as the Prime Minister of India on Thursday, beginning his second consecutive term in office at 7:05 pm on May 30 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Forecourt in the presence of over 8,000 guests.
Soon after that Yoga Guru Ramdev gave a piece of humorous advice for the Opposition. He said that they should practice kapalbhati for the next 10 to 15 years to control stress.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country will get freedom from economic, conceptual and cultural penury… All the ministers who have taken oath today, including Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal and Nitin Gadkari among others will live up to people’s expectations. In the next five years, they will do hard work,” Ramdev told ANI.
“I believe that for the next 10 to 15 years, the Opposition leaders need to do a lot of ‘Kapalabhati’ and ‘Anulom Vilom’, only then they will be able to control their stress,” he added.
Along with PM Modi, the Union Council of Ministers also took the oath, which was administered by President Ram Nath Kovind.
BJP chief Amit Shah made an entry into the Union Cabinet even as outgoing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was reported to have received a call in the morning, was not made a part of the new Modi government. Surprisingly, former foreign secretary S Jaishankar was inducted into the incoming cabinet.
As many as 54 of the 58 ministers sworn in on Thursday (May 30) are from the ruling party, while key allies – Shiv Sena, SAD, LJP and RPI (A) were given one ministerial berth each. JD(U) opted to give up its ministerial berth as Nitish Kumar felt that the party was given ‘symbolic representation’ in the new Cabinet.
While 45 of the 58 members are from Lok Sabha, remaining 13 are from the Upper House of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha. 20 of the 58 ministers are first-timers and there are six women ministers in the Union Council of Ministers inducted today.
Bhratatiya Janata Party (BJP) routed the Congress-led opposition in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections in which the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) got even a bigger mandate than 2014 with a tally of 353 seats. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) got just 90 seats out of 542 seats on which polling was conducted between April 11 and May 19.
The guests in oath taking ceremony included heads of governments and states, political leaders and captains of the industry, Bollywood and other film celebrities and diplomatic representatives.
Of the new Council of Ministers, there are 24 cabinet ministers besides the Prime Minister, 9 Ministers of State with independent charge and 24 Ministers of State.
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