Former Army chief VK Singh took oath as state minister with independent charge. The others who took oath as state minister with independent charge are Gurgaon MP Rao Indrajit Singh, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Shripad Naik, Dharmendra Pradhan, Sarbananda Sonwal, Prakash Javdekar, Piyush Goel, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Nirmala Sitaraman.
The leaders who took oath as state ministers are GM Siddheswara, Manoj Sinha MP from eastern UP's Ghazipur district, Nihal Chandra, Upendra Kushwaha (Lok Samta Party), P. Radhakrishnan, Kiren Rijiju, KP Gujjar, Dr. Sanjiv Kumar Waliyan, Mansukhbhai Basawa, Rao Saheb Danve, Vishnu Deo Sai, Sudarshan Bhagat.
BJP had fought the Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Modi. Modi himself fought the elections from two seats namely Vadodara and Varanasi. Modi emerged as victorious from both the seats with a huge vote margin. In Varanasi he defeated AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal with a huge margin. According to sources, Modi will vacate the Vadodara seat and will retain Varanasi.
BJP on its own has got 282 Lok Sabha seats, well ahead the majority figure of 272 seats. The National Democratic Alliance has got 335 seats.
Modi took the oath of the office in the presence of around 4000 guests that includes head of the states from seven SAARC states i.e. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh.Modi's invitation to Nawaz Sharif to be a guest in this oath ceremony was seen as a very bold move by the experts of international relations. The leaders in both the countries are expecting that this move by the Modi and acceptance of the invitation by Nawaz Sharif may start an era of new relationship between both the countries.
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