Gandhinagar, Jan 4: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi expanded his cabinet with the induction of 18 ministers here on Friday. The ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Nawal Kishore Sharma at a ceremony on the lawns of Gujarat Assembly. The Modi Government came back to power winning 117 seats in elections held last December.
Modi became Chief Minister for the third consecutive time on December 25. He first became Gujarat's Chief Minister in October 2001 after his predecessor Keshubhai Patel resigned following the defeat of the BJP in by-elections. He was re-elected as chief minister in December 2002 after the BJP won with 127 assembly seats in the 182-State Assembly.