Guwahati, May 31, 2019
After a stellar victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Damodardas Modi took oath as the 16th Prime Minister of India on May 30th, 2019 in a grand ceremony at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
A number of women ministers were inducted into Modi’s new cabinet. Among the 57 ministers, who took the oath of office and secrecy on May 30th, 2019, only six are women whereas, in the last Modi government, seven women served as cabinet ministers itself.
Senior BJP leaders Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Harsimrat Kaur Badal will serve as the cabinet ministers in the newly elected government.
Nirmala Sitharaman (60) who served as the Defence Minister in the last Modi government, is one of the six women who have been sworn in as part of the new government. She is a Rajya Sabha member and the second woman to hold the portfolio of the Defence Ministry after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who also given the ministry for two terms.
Smriti Z Irani
‘Kingslayer’ Smriti Irani (43), who defeated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi from the Gandhi bastion of Amethi, has also taken oath as a Cabinet minister in the new government. She became the youngest cabinet minister in 2014 after the BJP registered a massive victory in the Lok Sabha polls and was given the charge of the Human Resource Development ministry. Later, she also handled the ministry for textiles and the Information and Broadcasting ministry.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Harsimrat Kaur Badal (53) was the former Union Minister for Food Processing and Member of Parliament from Bathinda constituency of Punjab. She is a member of Shiromani Akali Dal. Her husband Sukhbir Singh Badal was the deputy chief minister of Punjab and the president of Shiromani Akali Dal. She was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Bathinda constituency after defeating Congress candidate Raninder Singh by 120960 votes.
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (52) sworn in as a Minister of State in the new Cabinet. In the last Modi government, she held the portfolio of Minister of State for Food Processing Industries. Niranjan Jyoti was born in 1967 in the village of Patewra, in Hamirpur district, Uttar Pradesh.
Renuka Singh Saruta
Renuka Singh Saruta (58) took oath as a Minister of State in the Modi government is a former minister and a tribal leader of the BJP from Chattisgarh.
Deboshree Chowdhury is Member of Parliament from Raiganj Loksabha constituency of West Bengal. She resides at Baguiati in Kolkata. She was also sworn in as a Minister of State. She is a BJP leader from West Bengal. Chowdhury has made her debut in the newly elected Modi government.