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Manmohan Singh, 67 ministers sworn in

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Last updated on: May 22, 2004 22:27 IST

Dr Manmohan Singh was today sworn in as prime minister of India at the head of a 68 member Congress-led United Progressive Alliance coalition government.

Clad in white kurta-pyjama and his trademark blue turban, Singh, 71, took the oath of office and secrecy in English at an impressive function at the Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Oxbridge-educated economist, who put India on the path of reform in 1991, is the first prime minister from the Sikh community.

The new government has 28 Cabinet ministers, including 18 from the Congress, and 39 ministers of state, ten of them with independent charge. President A P J Abdul Kalam administered the oath of office and secrecy to all of them in the Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Among the Congress veterans who found their way back into government were Pranab Mukherjee, Arjun Singh, K Natwar Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Shankarsinh Vaghela, P M Sayeed and Hans Raj Bhardwaj.

Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar, Rashtriya Janata Dal president Laloo Prasad Yadav and his senior colleague Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Lok Janashakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha president Shibu Soren, and Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K Chandrasekhar Rao were also inducted into the Cabinet.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam politicians who got Cabinet berths were T R Baalu, Dayanidhi Maran, and A Raja. Pattali Makkal Katchi chief S Ramadoss' son R Ambumani also made it into the Cabinet.

Other Congress leaders who got into the Cabinet were Kamal Nath, S Jaipal Reddy, Sisram Ola, P Chidambaram, Mahavir Prasad, P R Kyndiah, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Sunil Dutt and Meira Kumar.

Surprise inclusions in the Cabinet were former Lok Sabha speaker Shivraj Patil and former deputy speaker P M Sayeed, both of whom were defeated in the recent general election.

After the Congress, the DMK has the largest representation in the Cabinet with three members followed by the RJD (two) and one each from the NCP, LJP, TRS, JMM and PMK.

Of the total 67 ministers, 42 belong to the Congress, eight to the RJD, seven to the DMK, three to the NCP, two each to the PMK and TRS, and one each to the LJP, JMM and Indian Union Muslim League.

The lion's share of eight of the 10 ministers of state with independent charge went to the Congress while the NCP and the RJD shared the other two.

The ministers of state with independent charge are Santosh Mohan Deb, Jagdish Tytler, Oscar Fernandes, Renuka Choudhary, Subodh Kant Sahay, Kapil Sibal, Vilas Muttemwar, Kumari Selja (all Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Premchand Gupta (RJD).

Of the 29 ministers of state, sixteen are from the Congress followed by five from the RJD, four from the DMK and one each from the NCP, TRS, PMK and IUML.

Prominent among the ministers of state from the Congress are Prithviraj Chavan, Kantilal Bhuria, Suresh Pachauri, Shakil Ahmed, Inderjit Singh and Sriprakash Jaiswal. M A A Fatimi, Mohammed Taslimuddin and Kanti Singh were among the RJD nominees. Suryakanta Patil of the NCP, A Narenda of the TRS, and E Ahamed of the IUML also got minister of state rank.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by outgoing prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former deputy prime minister Lal Kishenchand Advani, Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka Vadra.

Among others at the function were Manmohan Singh's wife Gursharan Kaur, former President K R Narayanan and his wife Usha, and former prime ministers P V Narasimha Rao, Inder Kumar Gujral, H D Deve Gowda, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, and Chandra Shekhar.

On the formation of the Council of Ministers, Dr Singh later said, "There are always problems, but we will find credible means to deal with them."

He expressed confidence that his government would complete its full five-year term, and said it would be his duty to repay the trust reposed in him by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the people of the country.

Observing that the Council of Ministers reflects "India's diversity and India's flexibility" much more than before, the prime minister said, "We wanted to give representation to various sections, various communities, and various regions."

Following is the full list of the Council of Ministers sworn in today:

Name Party Rank LS/RS State Constituency
Dr Manmohan Singh INC Prime Minister RS Assam NA
Pranab Mukherjee INC Cabinet LS West Bengal Jangipur
Arjun Singh INC Cabinet RS Madhya Pradesh NA
Sharad Pawar NCP Cabinet LS Maharashtra Baramati
Laloo Prasad Yadav RJD Cabinet LS Bihar Madhepura
Shivraj V Patil INC Cabinet None Maharashtra Latur (Lost)
Ram Vilas Paswan LJP Cabinet LS Bihar Hajipur
Ghulam Nabi Azad INC Cabinet RS Jammu & Kashmir NA
S Jaipal Reddy INC Cabinet LS Andhra Pradesh Miryalguda
Sisram OIa INC Cabinet LS Rajasthan Jhunjhunu
P Chidambaram INC Cabinet LS Tamil Nadu Sivaganga
Mahavir Prasad INC Cabinet LS Uttar Pradesh Bansgaon
P R Kyndiah INC Cabinet LS Meghalaya Shillong
T R Baalu DMK Cabinet LS Tamil Nadu Madras South
Shankarsinh Vaghela INC Cabinet LS Gujarat Kapadvanj
K Natwar Singh INC Cabinet RS NA
Kamal Nath INC Cabinet LS Madhya Pradesh Chhindwara
H R Bhardwaj INC Cabinet RS Madhya Pradesh NA
P M Sayeed INC Cabinet None Lakshadweep Lakshadweep (lost)
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh RJD Cabinet LS Bihar Vaishali
Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi INC Cabinet LS West Bengal Raiganj
Mani Shankar Aiyar INC Cabinet LS Tamil Nadu Mayiladuthurai
Sunil Dutt INC Cabinet LS Maharashtra Mumbai Northwest
Meira Kumar INC Cabinet LS Bihar Sasaram
K Chandrasekhar Rao TRS Cabinet LS Andhra Pradesh Karimnagar
Shibu Soren JMM Cabinet LS Jharkhand Dumka
A Raja DMK Cabinet LS Tamil Nadu Perambalur
Dayanidhi Maran DMK Cabinet LS Tamil Nadu Madras Central
R Ambumani PMK Cabinet None Tamil Nadu NA
Santosh Mohan Deb INC MoS, Ind LS Assam Silchar
Jagdish Tytler INC MoS, Ind LS Delhi Delhi Sadar
Oscar Fernandes INC MoS, Ind None Karnataka NA
Renuka Choudhury INC MoS, Ind LS Andhra Pradesh Khammam
Subodh Kant Sahay INC MoS, Ind LS Jharkhand Ranchi
Kapil Sibal INC MoS, Ind LS Delhi Chandni Chowk
Vilas Muttemwar INC MoS, Ind LS Maharashtra Nagpur
Selja INC MoS, Ind LS Haryana Ambala
Praful Patel NCP MoS, Ind RS Maharashtra Bhandara (lost)
Premchand Gupta RJD MoS, Ind RS Bihar NA
E Ahamed IUML MoS LS Kerala Ponnani
Suresh Pachouri INC MoS RS Madhya Pradesh NA
Vijay Krishna Hande MoS
Panabaka Lakshmi INC MoS LS Andhra Pradesh Nellore
Dasari Narayana Rao INC MoS RS Andhra Pradesh NA
Shakil Ahmed INC MoS LS Bihar Madhubani
Inderjit Singh INC MoS LS Haryana Mahendragarh
Naranbhai Rathwa INC MoS LS Gujarat Chhota Udepur
Rahman Khan INC MoS RS Karnataka NA
K H Muniyappa INC MoS LS Karnataka Kolar
M V Rajasekharan INC MoS RS Karnataka NA
Kantilal Bhuria INC MoS LS Madhya Pradesh Jhabua
Manikrao Gavit INC MoS LS Maharashtra Nandurbar
Sriprakash Jaiswal INC MoS LS Uttar Pradesh Kanpur
Prithviraj Chavan INC MoS RS Maharashtra NA
Mohammed Taslimuddin INC MoS LS Bihar Kishenganj
Suryakanta Patil NCP MoS LS Maharashtra Hingoli
Md Ali Ashraf Fatmi RJD MoS LS Bihar Darbhanga
A Narendra TRS MoS LS Andhra Pradesh Medak
R Velu PMK MoS LS Tamil Nadu Arakkonam
S S Palanimanickam DMK MoS LS Tamil Nadu Thanjavur
S Regupathy DMK MoS LS Tamil Nadu Pudukkottai
K Venkatapathy DMK MoS LS Tamil Nadu Tiruchengode
E V K S Elangovan INC MoS LS Tamil Nadu Gobichettipalayam
Kanti Singh RJD MoS LS Bihar Arrah
Namo Narain Meena INC MoS LS Rajasthan Sawai Madhopur
Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav RJD MoS LS Bihar Monghyr
Akhilesh Prasad Singh RJD MoS LS Bihar Motihari

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