PM Modi to meet his new ministers ahead of swearing-in ceremony

Several BJP leaders including Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Ramdas Athawale, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Babul Supriyo, Nitin Gadkari, and Harsimrat Kaur are likely to be a part of the new cabinet

They will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 5 pm today, shortly before the swearing-in ceremony, sources said.

Earlier in the day, BJP president Amit Shah met PM Modi to give final touches to the list of ministers ahead of swearing-in ceremony.

In the last two days, Modi and Shah have held several rounds of discussions ahead of government formation.

BJP allies are set to be represented in the government. Each NDA ally is likely to get one cabinet berth, sources said. The Shiv Sena has confirmed its leader Arvind Sawant will be its nominee in the council of ministers. Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Badal will be in the new council of ministers as well.

The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has already passed a resolution recommending its president Ram Vilas Paswan as the party’s representative in the Modi government.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s decision to opt out on health grounds has fuelled speculation about who will get the finance minister’s portfolio.

The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 7 pm, with over 7,000 guests attending an event including foreign dignitaries, allies and adversaries.

President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Narendra Modi and his ministerial colleagues.