Narendra Modi cabinet: A mix of old and new, 56 names have received cabinet calls so far. Check out the full list here
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Narendra Modi cabinet: A mix of old and new, 56 names have received cabinet calls so far. Check out the full list here

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The swearing-in ceremony of PM Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan is expected to be a grand affair with about 8,000 guests, including leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, chief ministers, corporate honchos and film stars.

Smriti Irani, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Prakash Javadekar, Babul Supriyo and several other names were among more than 40 BJP leaders to receive a call-up for Narendra Modi’s second cabinet. Among the names are also leaders of other NDA constituents, including Shiv Sena, JD(U), Akali Dal, LJP and AIADMK.

Sources said the leaders received phone calls to the effect on Thursday morning, hours before the swearing-in ceremony. However, the official portfolio distribution and the list of Union ministers and Ministers of State was not immediately announced.

Ministers selected for the oath of office will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 4.30 pm, shortly before the swearing-in ceremony.

Earlier in the morning, the prime minister held a final round of consultations with BJP president Amit Shah to give shape to his council of ministers before sending the list to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Capping a landslide election victory, Modi will take oath along with his new council of ministers at 7 pm.

Here’s a list of leaders who have received the all-important phone call till now:

1) Amit Shah 
2) Arjun Ram Meghwal 
3) Nitin Gadkari
4) Prakash Javadekar 
5) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi 
6) Ramdas Athawale
7) Piyush Goyal
8) Ravi Shankar Prasad
9) Babul Supriyo
10) Jitendra Singh 
11) Nirmala Sitharaman
12) Rao Inderjit
13) Raveendranath Kumar 
14) Kiren Rijiju
15) Suresh Angadi
16) Kishan Reddy
17) Prahlad Joshi
18) Purshottam Rupala
19) Mansukh Mandaviya
20) Debasree Chaudhuri
21) Ram Vilas Paswan
22) Harsimrat Kaur Badal
23) Santosh Gangwar
24) Som Prakash
25) Rameshwar Teli
26) Ramesh Pokhriyal
27) Rajnath Singh
28) Anupriya Patel
29) Kailash Chaudhary 
30) Krishan Pal Gurjar
31) Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
32) Arvind Sawant
33) Dharmendra Pradhan 
34) V K Singh
35) Subrat Pathak 
36) Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre 
37) Narendra Singh Tomar
38) Sanjeev Balyan
39) Ramchandra Prasad Singh 
40) Nityanand Rai
41) Thawar Chand Gehlot
42) Smriti Irani
43) Prahlad Patel
44) Sadananda Gowda
45) Giriraj Singh
46) Mansukh Vasava
47) Renuka Singh
48) Hardeep Puri
49) Shripad Yesso Naik
50) Rattan Lal Kataria
51) Dr Harsh Vardhan
52) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
53) V Muraleedharan
54) Pratap Sarangi
55) Anurag Thakur
56) S Jaishankar

As the party geared up for the celebrations, Shah’s Akbar Road residence was decked up. BJP general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal was among those who met Shah at his residence. 

Modi and Shah have held several rounds of discussions in the last two days ahead of government formation.

Sources said Modi government 2.0 is likely to showcase the party’s newfound strength in different regions. The BJP has refrained from making any official comment about the likely members of the government, with its leaders asserting that it is the prime minister’s prerogative.

The swearing-in ceremony in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is expected to be grand affair with about 8,000 guests, including leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, chief ministers, corporate honchos and film stars, watching as President Ram Nath Kovind administers the oath of office and secrecy to 68-year-old Modi and his ministerial colleagues.

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