Narendra Modi on Thursday took oath of office as Prime Minister of India for the second term after his party won a historic landslide in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls.
Among those who were sworn in as cabinet ministers in the new Modi cabinet were Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, DV Sadananda Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ram Vilas Paswan, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Thawarchand Gehlot, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Arjun Munde, Smriti Irani, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javdekar, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prahlad Joshi, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Arvind Sawant, Giriraj Singh and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
24 ministers of state included Faggansingh Kulaste, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Arjun Ram Meghwal, V. K. Singh, Krishan Pal, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao, G. Kishan Reddy, Parshottam Rupala, Ramdas Athawale, Niranjan Jyoti, Babul Supriyo, Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao, Anurag Singh Thakur, Angadi Suresh Channabasappa, Nityanand Rai, Rattan Lal Kataria, V. Muraleedharan, Renuka Singh Saruta, Som Parkash, Rameswar Teli, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Kailash Choudhary and the newly elected BJP MP from West Bengal’s Raiganj, Debasree Chaudhuri.
Aside from Amit Shah and Chaudhuri, few notable exclusions also dominated social media conversations. Among those left out are Maneka Gandhi, Suresh Prabhu, JP Nadda, Radha Mohan Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Jayant Sinha, SS Ahluwalia, Vijay Goel, KJ Alphons, Ram Kripal Yadav, Ananth Kumar Hegde, Anupriya Patel, Satya Pal Singh and Ramesh Jigajinagi.
Among those excluded from the new cabinet, Alphons is the only BJP leader who failed to win his seat in Kerala. He held the tourism ministry in the first term of the Modi government.
Also not finding a place in the cabinet is Varun Gandhi, son of Maneka Gandhi. The BJP had swapped their seats in this year’s Lok Sabha polls. While Varun won with a huge margin from Pilibhit, his mother managed to scrape through with a wafer thin margin in Sultanpur, a seat that her son represented in the last Lok Sabha.
There were also speculations that BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy may be inducted in the cabinet after Arun Jaitley had bowed out of the ministry due to poor health. But he too failed to find a place in the new cabinet.
The BJP had won 303 seats in the recent parliamentary polls, 21 more than what it won in 2014. The Congress had to contend with just 52 seats, eight more seats than its tally five years ago.