Amit Shah took oath as a Union Minister of the cabinet headed by PM Narendra Modi on Thursday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
He took the oath of office:
"I, Amit Shah, do swear in the name of God (or, solemnly affirm) that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, that I will faithfully and conscientiously discharge my duties as a Minister for the Union and that I will do right to all manner of people in accordance with the Constitution and the law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will."
The oath of secrecy reads:
"I, Amit Shah, do swear in the name of God (or, solemnly affirm) that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal to any person or persons any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as a Minister for the Union except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as such Minister".
Simultaneously to the confirmation, Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani had tweeted a congratulatory message to Amit Shah on being inducted into the cabinet.
"Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, I met and congratulated our visionary and guide Amit Shah for being a part of the central cabinet." he tweeted.
The crucial development comes after Arun Jaitley who had served as the Finance Minister had decided to opt out of being entrusted with formal responsibilities in the next government, citing his health as being the reason for the decision.
PM Narendra Modi had met Jaitley at his residence on Wednesday to request him to change his mind, however, Jaitley decided remained firm with his decision.
A highest ever 8,000 guests, including VVIPs, attended the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers on Thursday.