India gets its PM Narendra Modi; Raisina Hill lightened up with colours

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New Delhi, May 26: The Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi will be sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India today at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Oath-taking ceremony to be slated at 6 pm. Here are the live updates:

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7:30 pm: Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony came to its end. All leaders, celebrities greeted Modi and his ministers. Rashtrapati Bhavan has been lightened up with different colours.

7:20 pm: Dr Jintender Singh, Nirmala Seetharaman, Manoj Sinha, GM Siddeswara, Nihar Chand, Upendra Khushwaha, Radhakrishnan, Kiran Rijiju, Krishan Pal, Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan, Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, Raosaheb Dadasaheb Danve, Vishnu Dev Sai, Sudarshan Bhagat took oath as the Ministers of States (MoS).

7:00 pm: Shripad Naik made blunder as instead of reading the first paragraph of his speech, he read out the second para first while taking oath as the Minister of State (MoS).

6:59 pm: VK Singh, Inderjit Singh, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Shripad Naik, Dharmendra Pradhan, Sarbananda Sonowal, Piyush Goyal took oath as the Ministers of States (MoS).

6:50 pm: Radha Mohan Singh, Thawar Chand Gehlot and Smriti Irani, Dr Harsh Vardhan too took oath as the ministers of Modi's cabinet.

6:45 pm: Harsimrat Kaur, Narendra Singh Tomar, Jual Oram took oath as Modi's cabinet ministers.

6:37 pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Ananth Gangaram Geete took oath as cabinet ministers.

6:30 pm: Ram Vilas Pawan, Najma Heptullah, Gopinath Munde, Kalraj Mishra, Menaka Gandhi took oath.

6:26 pm: Uma Bharti and former Karnataka CM Sadananda Gowda took oath as Union Cabinet Ministers.

6:22 pm: Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari took as cabinet ministers.

6:18 pm: Arun Jaitley too took oath as the cabinet minister.

6:16 pm: Swearin-on the name of God, Sushma Swaraj took oath as the cabinet minister.

6:14 pm: After Narendra Modi, BJP leader Rajnath Singh took oath as the cabinet minister.

6:10 pm: Led by President Pranab Mukherjee, Narendra Modi is taking oath as the 15th Prime Minister of India.

6:00 pm: Finally, the PM-designate Narendra Modi, clad in off-white kurta and Nehru jacket, arrived at the venue. He will take oath shortly. He is seating beside Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and other BJP leaders.

5:57 pm: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai came in a BMW. He exchanged greetings with all Kalam, Manmoha Singh, Sharif, Sonia Gandhi, Koirala.

5:52 pm: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Earlier Tamil Nadu leader Vaiko had protested against him and was detained at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

5:46 pm: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Nepal PM Sushil Koirala also have arrived.

5:40 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, outgoing PM Manmohan Singh reached the venue. NDA leaders and UPA leaders greeted each other.

5:30 pm: Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher, Vivek Oberoi, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Anil Ambani, Dharmendra, Bappi Lahiri, Abdul Kalam arrived in Raisina Hill.

5:25 pm: Former Union Minister P Chidambaram too arrived for Modi's swearing-in ceremony.

5:20: All senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi have arrived at the venue. BJP's ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and TDP N Chandrababu Naidu along with their family members also turned up to the venue.

5:10 pm: Mukesh Ambani along with wife Nita Ambani reached President House forecourt to attend PM-designate Narendra Modi's oath ceremony.

5:00 pm: Pakistan PM Naawaz Sharif left hotel for PM-designate Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony which will be held at Rastrapati Bhavan. Meanwhile, Modi's close aides Amit Shah and Ram Madhav reached the venue.

4:55 pm: Outgoing Prime Minister of India -- Dr Manmohan Singh met Nepal PM Sushil Koirala.

4:25 pm: Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan along with father Rakesh Roshan arrived in Delhi to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony. Speaking about Modi's governance, Bollywood's actor-director Rakesh Roshan said, "Good days have come. It's a big day for everyone as Modi will take oath as the 15th PM."

3:30 pm: I will live up to the expectations to the best of my abilities: Smriti Irani; Irani may be offered the HRD, Ananth Kumar could be the next Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Radha Mohan Singh could take charge as the next Agriculture Minister, TDP's Ashok Gajapathi Raju could take charge as the next Civil Aviation Minister.

3:15 pm: Ramdas Athavale will not attend swear in ceremony. Disappointed as he doesn't get a berth.

3:13 pm: Nepal PM To gift Modi with the replica of Pashupatinath

3:10 pm: Humei poori umeed hai ki acche din jaldi aa jayenge,petrol diesel ke daam kam ho jayenge,aatankwaad khatam ho jayega : Rajiv Shukla,Congress

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3:00 pm: Smriti Irani: Day of rejoicing for those who believe in democracy, assure we shall fulfill each pledge that we made.

2:40 pm: List of Cabinet Ministry as per Hindustan Times:

2:30 pm: Former President Pratibha Patil hopeful of Modi's tenure

2:30 pm: Great excitement in the nation, a new work culture is expected. We will be the differentiating mark: P Javadekar.

Salman Khan and family reach hotel Taj Mansingh.

2.25 pm: Arun Jaitley to get both finance and defence portfolios, Times Now cites sources as saying.

2:15 pm: Maldives' President Abdulla Yameen arrives in Delhi, to attend PM-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony.

2:10 pm: Ram Madhav, RSS: All SAARC countries accepting invite shows they regard India as an influential country in the region

1:25 pm: We have very high expectations, hope he will live up to it-Hussain Sharif(Son of Nawaz Sharif) on Modi

1:20 pm: Hema Malini on Modi : People have high hopes from him, am sure he will fulfill them

Dharmendra on Modi : Jis nagri ke badshah faqir hote hain ho uss nagri ke faqir badshah hote hain

1:15 pm: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav arrives in Delhi to attend PM-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony.

1:10 pm: As per Aaj Tak reports, Salman Khan would be a part of the swearing-in ceremony.

1:05 pm: Yes I am the sole minister from Shiv Sena in the cabinet,more will be inducted after cabinet expansion in a month-Anant Geete, Shiv Sena.

1:00 pm: Rajnikanth's wife Latha will be attending the swearing-in.

12:50 pm: Day-long celebrations in Varanasi.

12:45 pm: Arun Shourie to be the Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission.

12:35 pm: Thawar Chand Gehlot,BJP : We will work for the development of all the states under the leadership of Modiji.

12:30 pm: Superstar Salman Khan's father Salim Khan, and brother Sohail leave for Delhi.

12:20 pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray leaves for New Delhi to attend Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony

12:15 pm: Vaiko detained

12:15 pm: Likely ministers of state: Dharmendra Pradhan, Dr Jitender Singh, Rao Inderjit Singh, Santosh Gangwar, Krishna Pal Gujjar, Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan Mansukhbhai, Dhanjibhai Vasava, Raosaheb Dhanve, Vishnu Dev, Sudarshan Bhagat.

Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar said,"I congratulate Modi. We hope that Bihar is given a special status. I hope they can live up to the expectations."

12:10 pm:

12:05 pm: Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav to participate in the swearing-in ceremony [Read]

12:00 am: "Yes, probably I will be a minister in the cabinet,I dont know about the portfolio yet", Rao Inderjit Singh, BJP

11:55 am: Likely Ministers of State (Independent Charge): Gen VK Singh (Retd), Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Prakash Javadekar, as per Times Now.

11:50 am: West Bengal celebrates Modi swearing-in. [Read]

11:45 am: As per Times Now Cabinet Rank ministers may also include: Najma Heptullah, Smriti Irani, Thawar C Gehlot, Sadananda Gowda, Narendra Singh Tomar. Jual Oram, Radha Mohan Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Harsimrat Badal, Anant Geete, Ashok G Raju.

11:40 am:

11:35 am: The official list of 45 ministers in Narendra Modi's cabinet is out. While 24 of them would be part of the Cabinet, 11 would be holding Minister of State profile and the rest 10 will be independent portfolios. Among the list are:Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, Ravishankar Prasad, Venkaiah & Gadkari,

Other Cabinet Rank Ministers likely to take oath: Gopinath Munde, Uma Bharti, Dr Harshvardhan, Kalraj Mishra, Maneka Gandhi. No Murli Manohar Joshi in 'Below 75' Narendra Modi Cabinet.

MoS ministers: Kiren Rijiju, Krishan Pal Gujjar, Sanjeev Baliyan, Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, Raosaheb Dadarao Patil Danve, Vishnu Dev Sahai and Sudarshan Bhagat

11:30 am: According to sources List of MoS include G.M. Siddeshwara, Manoj Sinha, Upendra Kushwaha, Pon Radhakrishnan, Kiren Rijiju, Krishan Pal Gujjar, Sanjeev Baliyan, Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, Raosaheb Dadarao Patil Danve, Vishnu Dev Sahai and Sudarshan Bhagat.

"Formal announcements of cabinet ministers will be made later,me and other probables met Modiji", said Kiran Rijiju,BJP.

11:25 am: According to CNN-IBN, Narendra Modi may keep defence ministry to himself.

11:20 am: According to Times Now, 24 Cabinet Ministers and 11 Ministers of State to be sworn-in today.

11:15 am: Hamid Karzai arrives in New Delhi.

11:10 am: Nepal PM Sushil Koirala has arrived.

11:00 am: Narendra Modi is going to be the only Prime Minister to take oath from the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan

10:55 am: Nawaz Sharif arrives at New Delhi. [Read]

10:50 am: There are 6 from the BJP and 1 from Shiv Sena: Gopinath Munde when asked how many Maharashtra leaders have got a cabinet position

10:40 am: MDMK protests against Rajapakse's arrival. He said,"we have come to Delhi to register our protest to the arrival of the Butcher of Tamils, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse."

10:35 am: Nripendra Mishra to be Principal Secretary to new Prime Minister. Nazma Heptullah says that this is not a day to celebrate, but to assume responsibilities.

10:30 am: The ceremonial menu would include Chicken Hazarvi, Tandoori Alu, Galauti Kabab, Chicken Chettinad (Tamil Nadu), Potol Dorma (West Bengal), Sandesh (West Bengal) and other regional delicacies. [Read More]

10:30 am: Bhutan PM Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay has arrived.

10:25 am: We are getting the inside details: Gopinath Munde will be a cabinet minister. DR Harshvardhan may get Health.

10:20 am: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before leaving Lahore: I am carrying a message of peace from Pakistan. Talks are the only solution to regional problems. Our priority is to have good relations with all neighbours including India. [Read]

10:15 am: Ministerial probables have tea with Modi at Gujarat Bhawan, MM Joshi not present. BJP's Kalraj Mishra gets call from Modi, may get a ministerial berth, say sources. Assam BJP Chief Sarbananda Sonowal likely to get a ministerial berth.

10:00 am: Upendra Kushwaha, Thawar Chand Gehlot likely to get ministerial berths. Santosh Gangwar and LJP's Chirag Paswan likely to get ministerial berths. Uma Bharti, Maneka Gandhi, Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar likely to get key berths.

9: 55 am: What celebrity invitees say about the ceremony; Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth not attending. [Read]

9:45 am: Ananth Kumar could be the next Parliamentary Affairs Minister, say sources.

9:35 am: Rajnath Singh may get Home Ministry.

Sri Lankan President arrives at New Delhi. This may trigger protests in the city. [Read]

9:30 am: Amit Shah may stay out of the Cabinet, but is likely to get the party President.

9:25 am: RSS old timer Radha Mohan Singh also called by Narendra Modi to the Gujarat Bhavan. Ravi Shankar Prasad tipped to be I&B minister.

Meanwhile, Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam has arrived in New Delhi.

9:20 am: Sushma Swaraj tipped to be External Affairs Minister, Arun Jaitley may be the Finance Minister. Nitin Gadkari likely to get infrastructure or surface transport.

9:20 am: 17 Cabinet rank ministers expected to be sworn in today. 18 Ministers of State likely to be sworn in today.

9:20 am: In this cabinet our one MP, Anant Geete will be taking oath as a minister-Sanjay Raut,Shiv Sena

9:10 am: Cabinet list sent to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

9:05 am: Prospective ministers start getting calls from Rashtrapati Bhavan. Dr Harsh Vardhan gets call from Narendra Modi for ministerial berth. Nirmala Sitharaman, Gen VK Singh get calls from Narendra Modi for ministerial berths.

9:00 am: Sushma Swaraj arrives to meet Narendra Modi

8:55 am: Gadkari at Gujarat Bhavan. Foreign ministers and state chief's including that of Afghanistan, Maldives to arrive at New Delhi shortly.

8:50 am:

8:45 am:

Narendra Modi's mantra of minimum government, maximum governance will showcase a pyramid structure, where its lean at the top and expanded at the bottom in the grassroot level.

8:40 am: Nirmala Sitaraman meet Modi in Gujarat Bhavan

8:35 am: Narendra Modi is at Gujarat Bhavan

8:30 am: Modi leaves from Vajpayee's residence and heads to Gujarat Bhavan.

8:25 am: Security has been beefed up at the Rashtrapati Bhavan where the swearing-in will be done. Among the security forces include sharpshooters, NSG, defence and paramilitary forces.

Close to 4,000 guests invited for the occasion. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also expected to be there.

8:20 am: Heading toward Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence

8:15 am: Narendra Modi reaches Rajghat and pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. [Read]

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