BJP Chief Amit Shah, Joins PM Modi's New Government

BJP Chief Amit Shah,  Joins PM Modi

BJP Chief Amit Shah,  Joins PM Modi's New Government

New Delhi: 

BJP chief Amit Shah -- the architect of the party's stupendous victory that enabled it to come to power at the Centre for a second term -- became the most prominent newcomer in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its second stint. PM Modi and his council of ministers took oath today at a grand ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, that was attended by world leaders, celebrities and political leaders.

Mr Shah, 54, took oath today after days of speculation whether he would become part of the government.

A section in the BJP wanted him to stay on as the party chief ahead of crucial assembly elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana. With assembly polls in a string of states later this year, and elections in Delhi and Bihar the next, the leaders were of the opinion that the party needs full attention.

Over the last two days, Mr Shah had two marathon meetings with PM Modi- once for five hours and once for three - to deliberate on the contours of the council of ministers. Those to take oath today are likely to include more than 10 new faces.