New 83-member Indian Cabinet to be sworn in today

By Rajive Singh

Rashtrapati Bhavan

NEW DELHI 27 May 2019: India will get its new government on May 30, President Ram Nath Kovind’s office announced yesterday.

“The President will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on May 30 at 07.00 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the President, said in a press release carried by Wam.

Rashtrapati Bhavan is India’s presidential palace, where ceremonies such as assumption to office of a new government takes place.

Landslide for Modi’s BJP

The next government will be headed by the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his second term in office after a landslide victory in elections to the lower House of Parliament, the Lok Sabha.

Yesterday, “exercising powers vested in him under Article 75 (1) of the Constitution of India, the President, Ram Nath Kovind, appointed Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India,” Rashtrapati Bhavan announced.

The President requested Modi to “advise him about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers and indicate the date and time of the swearing-in-ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.”

83 Member Cabinet

The appointment marked the culmination of a series of hectic events since India’s election results were announced on May 23. The next day the outgoing Cabinet, headed by Modi, advised the President to dissolve the Lok Sabha. President Kovind accepted the advice of the Cabinet on and signed the Order dissolving the lower House of Parliament.

Yesterday, members of India’s independent Election Commission met the President and submitted to him the names of Members elected to the House of the People. India’s new Council of Ministers is expected to have 83 members.


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