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Modi cabinet’s portfolios not out till midnight, Uma withdraws tweet


New Delhi, May 27 :

Even as Narendra Modi and his cabinet took oath Monday evening, there was no announcement about allocation of portfolios till midnight.

There was no word from officials about the time of announcement of portfolios and why it had been delayed.

Uma Bharti
Uma Bharti

Speculation continued throughout the day about the likely portfolios of cabinet ministers with news channels claiming that Rajnath Singh will be home minister, Arun Jaitley will get finance along with additional charge of defence and Sushma Swaraj will be the external affairs minister.

The news channels also claimed that Ananth Kumar would get parliamentary affairs with additional charge of chemicals and fertilizers, Najma Heptulla would get ministry of minorities and Smriti Irani would get human resource development ministry.

Modi was sworn-in as prime minister at a ceremony in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Along with Modi, a 45-strong council of ministers that included 23 of the cabinet took oath. There were seven women in the ministry, including six in the cabinet.

Uma Bharti withdraws tweet about her portfolio

New union minister Uma Bharti committed a faux pas when she tweeted about the portfolio given to her – only to delete it later, saying she has no knowledge about her ministry as yet and that a member of her staff had mistakenly put out the tweet.

Bharti, who took oath Monday evening as a minister at the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tweeted that she had got the portfolio of water resources and Ganga cleaning.

Realising that with the portfolio list to be officially declared, revealing the ministry could be breach of privilege, the tweet was deleted. But not before it had been noticed by the twitterati.

She then posted tweets, saying she had no knowledge about her portfolio and that a member of her staff, Rajesh Katiyar, had mistakenly put out the tweet, and that he would apologise for it.

Katiyar tweeted in Hindi, saying he had no knowledge about the portfolio given to Bharti and that he was apologising for the tweet.