In pics: Smriti Irani among 6 other women ministers inducted into PM Modi’s cabinet
Updated On : 18 Jun 2019,03:27 PM
After registering a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his council of ministers took oath in national capital on Thursday. During the oath-taking ceremony, as many as 24 cabinet ministers, 9 Minister of State Independent Charge (MoS) and 24 Minister of State (MoS) were sworn-in along with PM Modi. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to all the ministers. In PM Modi’s cabinet, six women ministers including Smriti Irani, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Renuka Singh Saruta and Debasree Chaudhuri were sworn-in.
Smriti Irani, who unseated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his bastion Amethi, took oath of office to become part of PM Modi’s cabinet.
Nirmala Sitharaman took oath along with a new council of ministers in PM Modi’s cabinet. In 2014, she was inducted into Narendra Modi's cabinet as a junior minister and in June 2014, she elected as a Rajya Sabha Member from Andhra Pradesh. On 3 September 2017, she was elevated to Defence Minister, being only the second woman after Indira Gandhi to hold the Defence Minister post.
Former Union Cabinet minister of Food Processing and Member of Parliament from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal also took the oath to join the new cabinet. The two-time parliamentarian from Bathinda is a member of Shiromani Akali Dal.
Saffron-clad Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti also took the oath to join the new cabinet of PM Modi. She won from Fatehpur parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Renuka Singh Saruta, a powerful tribal face of BJP who defied the Congress influence in the Sarguja region of Chhattisgarh was sworn in as a minister of state in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new cabinet.
A prominent face in the various agitations spearheaded by the BJP against West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government, Debasree Chaudhury was also sworn in as a minister of state in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new cabinet.