Narendra Modi, who led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a spectacular victory in the recently-concluded Gujarat Assembly polls, was sworn in as Chief Minister of the state for the fourth consecutive term this morning.
The 62-year-old Modi was administered the oath of office and secrecy in Gujarati by Governor Kamala Beniwal at an impressive ceremony at the jam-packed Sardar Patel Stadium here.
Sixteen ministers also took oath of office and secrecy alongwith Mr Modi.
The Modi ministry consists of seven cabinet ministers and nine junior ministers. The cabinet ministers include Nitin Patel, Anandiben Patel, Ramanlal Vora, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Saurabh Patel, Ganpat Vasava and Babubhai Bokhiria.
The junior ministers include Purshottam Solanki, Parbat Patel, Vasuben Trivedi, Pradipsinh Jadeja, Liladhar Vaghela, Rajanikant Patel, Govind Patel, Nanubhai Vanani and Jayanti Kavadia.
Keeping in mind regional and caste equations, Mr Modi may expand his ministry in coming days.
Modi took the oath in Gujarati and in the name of God.
The BJP leadership was present in full strength led by its patriarch L K Advani and party chief Nitin Gadkari, senior leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh as well as Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Jagdish Shettar (Karnataka) and Manohar Parikar (Goa).
Among the other leaders present at the function were Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalita, Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray and former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje.
Later, Mr Modi took a round of the stadium in an open jeep. A large number of BJP activists were present in the stadium, waving the party flag and shouting slogans to cheer Mr Modi.
Mr Modi was unanimously elected as the leader of the Gujarat BJP Legislature Party yesterday for a fourth consecutive term.
Mr Modi, who has already earned the distinction of being the longest serving Chief Minister of the prosperous western state, faced the first polls in 2002 just one year after taking over the helm of affairs from Keshubhai Patel on October 7, 2001.
He has been in power for 4079 days, a record.