Prime Minister Narendra Modi has picked his closest aide Amit Shah as Home Minister in the new government. Rajnath Singh will be Defence Minister and Nitin Gadkari will be Minister of Road Transport and Highways.
Nirmala Sitharaman will be Finance Minister and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
Smriti Irani will be Minister for Women and Child Development. Ramvilas Paswan will be Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
PM Modi was sworn in for the second time in a glittering ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday, with 57 ministers. Twenty-five of the new ministers are of cabinet rank.
BJP president Amit Shah, credited with crafting the party’s magnificent national election victory, was expected to be given a big ticket ministry.
In a tweet last night, PM Modi described his team 2.0 as “a blend of youthful energy and administrative experience”.