PM, 19 cabinet ministers to take oath in first lot

May 22nd, 2009 - 3:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be sworn in for a second term along with 19 other ministers, including Pranab Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Friday evening, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has announced.
The two non Congress leaders to find a cabinet berth are Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee.

Besides Mukherjee and Chidambaram, the Congress ministers who will take oath are A.K. Antony, S.M. Krishna, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sushil Kumar Shinde, M. Veerappa Moily, S. Jaipal Reddy, Kamal Nath, Vayalar Ravi, Meira Kumar, Murli Deora, Kapil Sibal, Ambika Soni, B.K. Handique, Anand Sharma and C.P. Joshi.

This will be followed by an expansion of the council of ministers, including ministers of state as well as those junior ministers who will hold independent charge of their portfolios, in the next few days, the PMO said in a statement.

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