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Modi set to unveil coalition govt at cabinet meeting

No muslim in the 71-member council of Ministers

Published : Tuesday, 11 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 144

NEW DELHI, June 10: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi readied Monday to unveil his coalition government after a surprise election setback lost his Hindu-nationalist party an overall majority.

The 71 members of his government took the oath of office after Modi on Sunday, with 11 posts going to coalition allies who extracted them in exchange for their support -- including five in the top 30 cabinet posts.

There are no Muslim lawmakers among his third-term lineup, unlike his past two governments, both formed after his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a majority.

Modis decade as premier has seen him cultivate an image as an aggressive champion of the countrys majority Hindu faith, worrying minorities including the countrys 200-million-plus Muslim community.

"Honoured to serve Bharat", Modi posted on social media after he was sworn into office, using the countrys name in Sanskrit, a word dating back to ancient Hindu scriptures.

Modi had been forced into quick-fire talks with coalition partners in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), whose 293 seats guaranteed him the parliamentary numbers to govern.

The portfolios assigned to each cabinet member have not been released, but Modi called his council of ministers "a great blend of youth and experience".    —AFP

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