New Delhi: Thirty-six of the 45 members in Narendra Modi's council of ministers Monday took oath in Hindi. Prime Minister Modi was the first to be sworn in and he took his oath of office in Hindi.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, PM Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers after the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan yesterday. PicS/Pti
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, PM Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers after the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan yesterday. PicS/Pti

The other 10 ministers took their oaths in English, but nobody took oath of office and secrecy in their mother tongue. Maneka Gandhi, Nirmala Sitharaman and Najma Heptulla took oath in English.

Anupam Kher, Shatrughan Sinha and Hema Malini
Anupam Kher, Shatrughan Sinha and Hema Malini

Among others who took their oath in English were Venkaiah Naidu, Telugu Desam Party’s Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Shiromani Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

Wearing a pastel-coloured Nehru jacket over a full-sleeved off-white Kurta and sporting a tri-coloured badge, Modi took oath in Hindi in the name of God. He was lustily cheered. The next to take oath was Rajnath Singh, the leader seen most with the new Prime Minister during the election campaign.

Kirron Kher
Kirron Kher

He was followed by another party veteran Sushma Swaraj and then Arun Jaitley. Modi became the third Prime Minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chandra Shekhar to assume the top office in the sprawling red-sand forecourt.

Who’s who on guest list
The glamour quotient in the ceremony came from cinestars Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi, actor-turned-politicians Hema Malini and Shatrughan Sinha, who have been elected in the recent elections, and her husband Dharmendra, who were all seen enjoying the moment.

The presence of large number religious gurus, many of whom added saffron tint to the ceremony, including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Morari Bapu, Jagadguru Rambhadracharya, Sadhvi Rithambara was prominent in the front row of guests.

While Mukesh Ambani was accompanied by his wife Nita and two sons, his brother Anil brought his mother Kokilaben. Gautam Adani also came with his family. SP President Mulayam Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah were also present in the ceremony but Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Odisha Chief Minister Navin Patnaik gave it a miss.