in May 2014, BJP poster-boy Narendra Modi was sworn-in as India's 15th Prime Minister at Rashtrapati Bhavan in front of 4,000 guests including his BJP colleagues, SAARC leaders, Opposition leaders, Bollywood celebs, industrialists and the who's who of Indian political landscape. Modi's entire cabinet -- 45 Ministers - was sworn-in to form a "lean" government with the mantra -- Minimum Government, Maximum Governance.
Narendra Modi - Prime Minister of India, Nuclear Energy, Pension, Grievance Redressal, Personnel and all unallocated departments.
23 Ministers have Cabinet department portfolios under the Modi government. There are also other 21 Ministers of State - bringing the "lean" Cabinet strength to 45 members.
List of Cabinet Ministers who took Oath of the Office with the PM:
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Latest Indian Cabinet after 2014 Indian General Elections
The story so far:
Modi party and its allies won the 2014 Lok Sabha election polls with a sizeable mandate (336 out of 543). Modi broke down in tears while accepting the leadership position formally from President Pranab Mukherjee. He is becoming a popular leader with his official Facebook page garnering as much as 15 million followers in a week after he won the elections.
His full cabinet will be sworn in on the same day as him -- May 26. Modi aims to replicate the "Gujarat model" of governance in the centre. He is keen to have a leaner government with fewer ministers than fill all 84 departments. This means, instead of having separate ministers for Coal and Power, there will be a single person in charge of Energy Ministry covering both roles.
In a bold move, Modi extended an invitation to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the swearing-in ceremony. He invited other South Asian leaders too for the ceremony. Sharif has accepted the invitation.
Modi resigned as Gujarat Chief Minister on May 21 after 13 years in the position.
While the new list of cabinet ministers is yet to be announced, speculations are rife that Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj will get the top posts -- Finance, Home, External Affairs and Defence.
Modi is said to favour Singh for Home and Jaitley for Finance. But Arun Shourie, a former divestment minister, too is in the race for Finance.
It is reported that Gadkari is also vying for Finance while many feel he is best suited for crucial infrastructure portfolio such as Transport Ministry based on his execution of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Meanwhile, Swaraj is favoured for the role of Minister of External Affairs.
Other top cabinet ministers in the upcoming Modi-government could include Murli Manohar Joshi as Speaker, Ananth Kumar as Parliamentary Affairs Minister, E Sreedharan for Railways, Yashwant Sinha for Planning Commission, Venkaiah Naidu for Agriculture, Ravi Shankar Prasad as Law Minister, and Shahnawaz Hussain as Minority Affairs Minister.
Meanwhile, ex-PM Manmohan Singh has resigned from his post but will act as a caretaker PM until the new Cabinet under Modi government is formed.
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