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Narendra Modi to take oath of office with 35 ministers

NEW DELHI: Stringent security meaures have been taken in Indian capital New Delhi on Monday ahead of the swearing in of Narendra Modi as the new prime minister of India, ARY News reported.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the presidents of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have also reached Indian capital New Delhi to attend the oath taking ceremony of the new Indian prime minister.

About 35 government ministers are likely to take the oath of office along with Modi.

Arun Jaitley is the only obvious candidate for finance minister on a list of cabinet members prepared by Narendra Modi, the sources in the ruling party said.

Jaitley was the only one among them who had the credentials to be finance minister.

Jaitley, 61, is one of the top corporate lawyers in the country and has served in a previous BJP administration as commerce minister.

Bharatiya Janata Party stalwarts V.K. Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh are likely to lead the defence, external affairs and interior ministries in the new Indian government.

Modi announced late on Sunday that he would streamline the cabinet, a move to a more centralised system of governing that is aimed at breaking decision-making bottlenecks widely blamed for dragging down India's economic growth in recent years.

 

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