New Delhi: Guwahati: Two leaders from Northeast — Kiren Rijiju and Rameshwar Teli — made it to the new council of ministers sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday evening.
They will be a part of the new Union cabinet led by PM Narendra Modi.
Rijiju, the outgoing Union minister of state for home affairs, hails from Arunachal Pradesh. During the recently-declared results of the Lok Sabha elections, Rijiju won the Arunachal West seat against former CM and Congress leader Nabam Tuki.
Meanwhile, Teli, who was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Dibrugarh constituency, defeated his Congress rival Paban Singh Ghatowar by 3,51,594 votes in the 2019 general elections.
PM Modi took his oath of office, along with his ministers, for the second consecutive term at the Rashtrapati Bhawan after his party BJP witnessed a massive victory in the recently-concluded national elections. PM Modi and his council of ministers were administered the oath by President Ram Nath Kovind. Congress’ Sonia Gandhi, party chief Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal were also present during the programme, among many others.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Rashrapati Bhavan in the presence of 8,000 guests, including world leaders, dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and industrialists.
Rijiju has been given a minister of state (independent charge) while Teli will be minister of state in Modi’s new ministry. Portfolios will be distributed later.
Known for his dynamic personality and oratory skills, Rijiju became a face of the North-east in the previous Modi Cabinet. Wearing a traditional Arunachali jacket, Rijiju took oath in Hindi.
Teli, Assam MP and senior tea tribe leader from Dibrugarh Parliamentary constituency, also took oath on Thursday. Wearing a traditional Assamese gamosa, Teli took oath in Hindi.
Earlier in the day before taking oath, Teli, who joined BJP in 1990, met Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Expressing his gratitude to PM Modi for selecting him as one of the ministers in the Union Cabinet, Teli said, “I will try my level best to fulfill the expectation of the people of the country as union minister.”
The ministers who took oath of office on Thursday include:
Cabinet Ministers: Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, DV Sadanand Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ram Vilas Paswan, Naren Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, HSK Badal, TC Gehlot, Dr Subramanium Jaishankar, RP Nishank, Arjun Munda, Smriti Irani, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goel, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar A Naqvi, Prahlad Joshi, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Dr AG Sawant, Giriraj Singh, Gajendra Singh Sekhawat
Minister of State (Independent Charge): Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Rao Inderjit Singh, Shripad Yesso Naik, Dr Jitendra Singh, Kiren Rijiju, Prahlad Singh Patel, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Laxmanbhai Mandaviya
Minister of State: Faggan Singh Kulaste, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Gen VK Singh, Krishan Pal Gurjar, Raosaheb Dadarao Danve, Gangapuram Kishan Reddy , Parshottam Khodabhai Rupala , Ramdas Bandu Athawale, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Babul Supriyo, Sanjeev Balyan, Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Anurag Singh Thakur, Angadi Suresh Channabasappa, Nityanand Rai, Ratan Lal Kataria, V. Muraleedharan, Renuka Singh, Som Prakash, Rameswar Teli, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Kailash Choudhury, Debashree Choudhury.