Inducted as a Union Minister in the new Modi Cabinet, former Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal, on Thursday, took oath at the swearing-in ceremony at New Delhi's Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Goyal, who hails from Mumbai, has previously handled several other portfolios in the first Modi Cabinet as Union Minister for Coal, interim Finance minister who presented the 2019 budget. He has also previously handled Independent Charges like Minister for Power, Minister of New and Renewable Energy and Minister of Mines.
He is a current Rajya Sabha MP who was elected to the upper parliamentary house, representing Maharashtra in 2010.
Prime Minister Modi took the oath for the post at 7 PM in the evening on May 30 at the foreground of the Rashtrapati Bhavan where 8000 guests including foreign dignitaries were present.
Here is PM Modi's oath:
"I, Narendra Damodardas Modi do swear in the name of God that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution as established by the 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 the people in accordance with the Constitution and the law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will."
Apart from the above guests, VVIPs, state Chief Ministers, state unit chiefs of BJP, state ministers, present members of Parliament, former members of the Parliament and other special guests are currently attending the ceremony.
A few who are absent from the evening's proceedings are Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Telangana Chief KC Rao, Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.