Narendra Modi began his second term during a glittering oath-taking ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday. Apart from Prime Minister Modi, 24 Cabinet Ministers, nine Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and 24 Minister of State took oath. Putting an end to all speculations, BJP chief Amit Shah finally joined the Modi government. Biggest miss in the Modi Sarkar 2.0 was Sushma Swaraj. The hint was loud and clear ahead of the ceremony as she sat in the visitor’s gallery and didn’t join the probable ministers at the dais. With Mukesh Ambani, Neeta Ambani, NR Narayana Murthy and Ratan Tata in front row, the oath-taking ceremony went smoothly. The entire ceremony went on for two hours. At 9.01 pm, last minister who took oath was Debasree Chaudhuri. This showed the precision of the officials of Presidential Estate.
Several leaders of BIMSTEC member countries attended the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth were in attendance. Prime Ministers of Nepal and Bhutan, Special Envoy of Thailand Grisada Boonrach and Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov also attended the ceremony.
Here are the key highlights of Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony:
#09:01 pm: Rameshwar Teli, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Kailash Choudhary and Debasree Chaudhari took oath as Ministers of State.
#08:52 pm: Nityanand Rai, Rattan Lal Kataria, V Muraleedharan, Renuka Singh Saruta, Som Prakash take oath as Ministers of State.
#08:42 pm: Sanjeev Singh Balyan, Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao, Anurag Thakur, Suresh Angadi have taken oath as Ministers of State.
#08:28 pm: Ramdas Athawale, Niranjan Jyoti, Babul Supriyo take oath as Ministers of State.
#08:28 pm: Raosaheb Danve, G Kishan Reddy, Parshottam Rupala have taken oath as Ministers of State.
#08:27 pm: In all, nine Ministers of State with Independent Charge have taken oath in Modi government.
#08:20 pm: Arjun Ram Meghwal, VK Singh and Faridabad lawmaker Krishan Pal Gurjar take oath as Ministers of State.
#08:20 pm: Meanwhile, there are reports that Maneka Gandhi will be interim or pro-tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha. The NDTV report said that as pro-tem Speaker, Gandhi will administer the oath of office to the newly elected Lok Sabha MPs and also preside over the first meeting of the Lok Sabha, in which the Speaker will be elected.
#08:17 pm: Ashwini Kumar Choubey is back as MoS. The Bihar lawmaker from Buxar is known for his controversial remarks.
#08:14 pm: Now, all Ministers of State will take oath. First in the list is Faggan Singh Kulaste.
#08:12 pm: Mansukh L Mandaviya join Modi government as MoS (Independent Charge).
#08:11 pm: Hardeep Singh Puri, who lost from Amritsar, finds place in Team Modi 2.0.
#08:03 pm: Kiren Rijiju is back at Modi Cabinet 2.0 as MoS (Independent Charge).
#08:03 pm: Santosh Gangwar, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Jitendra Singh, Shripad Naik have taken oath as Ministers of State.
#07:56 pm: And with this, the Modi 2.0 Cabinet is complete!
#07:56 pm: Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi have also taken oath.
#07:55 pm: Giriraj Singh, who defeated Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai, promoted in Modi Sarkar 2.0. Takes oath as Union Minister.
#07:53 pm: Pralhad Joshi takes oath.
#07:51 pm: Keeping with the coalition dharma, BJP gives berth to Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant.
#07:49 pm: Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey takes oath as Cabinet Minister.
#07:44 pm: Meanwhile, in other news, BJP's official website has been hacked.
#07:42 pm: Piyush Goyal take oath as Union Minister.
#07:40 pm: Education and environment minister in first time, we will know soon what will be role of Prakash Javadekar. He just took oath at the ceremony.
#07:35 pm: Dr Harsh Vardhan takes oath as minister.
#07:35 pm: Smriti Irani, who defeated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, takes oath amid loud cheers.
#07:34 pm: Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Arjun Munda take oath as Union Ministers.
#07:30 pm: Former Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar takes oath as Union Minister.
#07:26 pm: The grand celebrations that started on May 23 continues at BJP offices across India. Seen here are the party workers distributing sweets at BJP office in Lucknow.
#07:26 pm: Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Thawar Chand Gehlot take oath as Ministers.
#07:25 pm: Ramvilas Paswan and Narendra Singh Tomar take oath as Union Ministers.
#07:23 pm: Heeraben Modi, mother of PM Narendra Modi, watching the swearing-in ceremony at her home in Gandhinagar.
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#07:22 pm: Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad take oath as Union Ministers.
#07:15 pm: DV Sadananda Gowda takes oath as Cabinet Minister.
#07:13 pm: Nitin Gadkari returns to Modi Cabinet.
#07:11 pm: Third in order is BJP chief Amit Shah.
#07:09 pm: After PM Modi, Rajnath Singh has taken oath.
#07:06 pm: ‘I, Narendra Damodardas Modi, swears in the name of God,’ the moment is here! Modi takes oath as India’s Prime Minister at Rashtrapati Bhavan
#07:03 pm: All rise! President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan
#06:59 pm: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu joins the dignitaries at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
#06:59 pm: Narendra Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan, to take oath shortly.
#06:55 pm: Ace filmmaker Karan Johar, Bollywood heartthrob Shahid Kapoor and his beautiful wife Meera Kapoor can be seen clicking selfies! We will wait for the EPIC photo in our Insta feed.
#06:49 pm: For the glittering ceremony, Bollywood fashion diva Kangana Ranaut has opted for beautiful raw mango saree.
#06:49 pm: For those watching the ceremony from the comfort of their homes, please note that the current temperature in Delhi is blistering 42 Degree Celsius. We can see the servers offering chilled water bottles to the guests.
#06:45 pm: Is Sushma Swaraj back as India’s favourite foreign minister? We will know soon. The leader, who didn’t contest the General Election has not joined the probable ministers at the dais. Is this a clear hint?
#06:40 pm: Keeping a low-profile since Lok Sabha poll disaster, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi have arrived at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
#06:40 pm: Uddhav Thackeray, Prime Minister of Bhutan and BJP’s lawmaker from Gurdaspur Sunny Deol have reached the venue at same time.
#06:37 pm: Dressed in smart half-jacket with unique details, Kiren Rijiju makes entry at the venue.
#06:34 pm: Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and senior BJP leader LK Advani arrive at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and senior BJP leader LK Advani arrive at Rashtrapati Bhawan. #ModiCabinet #ModiSarkar2#ModiSwearingIn— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 30, 2019
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#06:30 pm: Top industry captains such as Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Infosys’ NR Narayana Murthy and Tata Group’s Ratan Tata are seen among the guests.
#06:29 pm: Superstar Rajinikanth has reached Rashtrapati Bhavan.
#06:28 pm: Rajnath Singh and Nobel prize winner Kailash Satyarthi have arrived at the venue.
Rajnath Singh and Children's Rights Activist Kailash Satyarthi arrive at Rashtrapati Bhawan #ModiCabinet #ModiSarkar2#ModiSwearingIn— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 30, 2019
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#06:26 pm: Shiromani Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal, his son and party leader Sukhbir Singh Badal arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan for PM Modi's oath-taking ceremony.
#06:22 pm: Modi has left his official residence, will reach Rashtrapati Bhavan shortly.
#06:18 pm: Former President Pratibha Patil arrives at the venue.
#06:15 pm: JD-U won't be a part of Modi's new Cabinet: Sources
#05:45 pm: Visuals: Guests arrive at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
#05:37 pm: BJP president Amit Shah arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
#05:30 pm: Former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar reached PM Modi's residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
#05:12 pm: S Jaishankar to be part of new Narendra Modi Cabinet.
#04:59 pm: Anurag Thakur, winning BJP MP from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh is also meeting PM Modi at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, right now.
#04:56 pm: Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh reach PM Narendra Modi's residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.
#04:50 pm: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Smriti Irani, Ramdas Athawale and Giriraj Singh reach PM Narendra Modi's residence.
#04:46 pm: Met Amit Shah ji and congratulated him for becoming a part of PM Narendra Modi's Cabinet, tweets Jitu Vaghani, Gujarat BJP president.
#04:39 pm: BJP MP Anurag Thakur receives call from PMO, to take part in oath taking ceremony this evening.
#04:35 pm: Jitendra, producer and veteran actor on arrival in Delhi to attend PM Modi's oath taking ceremony: It's a historic moment. I'm a big follower of Modiji and an ardent fan. I think the country is in a beautiful hands. I am so happy for my countrymen and happy for myself to be here today.
#04:21 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reaches New Delhi to attend the Swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening.
Reached New Delhi to attend the historic Swearing-in ceremony of our Hon PM-Designate @narendramodi ji & his Council of Ministers at Rashtrapati Bhawan, this evening.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 30, 2019
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#04:13 pm: Arjun Ram Meghwal, BJP: I thank the PM and Amit Shahji for showing trust in me. I thank them on behalf of the people of Bikaner. PM's vision will be significant for India. He had said that we want to remove our tag of developing nation and make India a developed nation.
#04:12 pm: BJP leader Niranjan Jyoti: I have received a phone call from the party president. I express my gratitude to the prime minister for including me in his team.
#04:04 pm: Ministers selected for oath of office will meet PM Modi at 4.30 pm today at his residence: Sources
#03:40 pm: Rahul, Sonia and Manmohan Singh to attend Modi swearing-in ceremony: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, besides former prime minister Manmohan Singh will attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening at Rashtrapati Bhavan, according to party sources.
#03:35 pm: Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli arrives in Delhi. He will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, later today.
#03:30 pm: Anupam Kher to attend PM Modi's oath ceremony today: It feels good to be a part of a historic event. Development was the focus for this Lok Sabha elections. As citizens of the country, it is time for us to also make our contribution to the country.
#03:26 pm: Santosh Gangwar, BJP not to be a Pro-tem Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha: I can't be the Pro-tem Speaker after becoming a Minister. Someone else will get that post. I will carry out whatever responsibility will be given to me.
#03:24 pm: President of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov arrives in Delhi. He will attend PM Narendra Modi's oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan later today.
#03:21 pm: Prakash Javadekar to meet PM Narendra Modi at 4:30 PM today at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.
#03:17 pm: BJP's Ramesh Pokhriyal to take oath as minister this evening: I received a phone call from party president Amit Shahji, he asked me to be present for the meeting with the prime minister today evening. He also asked me to be present at the oath ceremony.
#03:13 pm: Sukhbir Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president on attending the swearing-in ceremony of the PM today: It is a matter of joy that a new govt is being formed. Country needs a strong govt and it is getting one.
#03:07 pm: Debasree Chaudhuri, BJP MP from Raiganj, West Bengal: I am feeling very good, I was expecting the phone call.
#02:53 pm: General (Retd) VK Singh to meet PM Narendra Modi at 4:30 PM today at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.
#02:47 pm: BJP's Shripad Yesso Naik on geeting an opportunity to be a part of the new government: I want to thank the Prime Minister and party president Amit Shah for again giving me a chance of serving the country by making me a part of the government. I have been invited to the oath taking ceremony, not been informed of the ministry yet.
#02:42 pm: Jagan Mohan Reddy to skip PM Narendra Modi's swearing-in this evening.
#02:05 pm: Full list of names likely to be inducted as ministers into new Modi Cabinet: Arjun Ram Meghwal Meghwal, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, Jitendra Singh, Piyush Goyal, Ramdas Athawale, Babul Supriyo, Rajnath Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Suresh Angadi, Sadananda Gowda, P Ravindranath, Nitin Gadkari, Pralhad Joshi, Prakash Javdekar, Kailash Choudary, Krishan Pal, Anupriya Patel, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Sanjeev Baliyan, Kiren Rijiju, Smrirti Irani, Arvind Sawant, Dharmendra Debendra Pradhan, Sushma Swaraj, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Giriraj Singh, Parshottam Rupala, VK Singh, Rao Indrajit Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Krishnapal Gujjar, Nityanand Rai, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Maneka Gandhi, Manoj Sinha, SP Singh Baghel, Renuka Singh Thawar Chand Gehlot, Suresh Prabhu, Mansukh Laxmanbhai Mandaviya.
#01:45 pm: Uttar Pradesh to get lions share in Modi Sarkar 2.0: As Narendra Modi and his new Cabinet take oath on Thursday, Uttar Pradesh is likely to get a lion’s share with most number of ministers from a single state. According to sources, 14 parliamentarians elected from Uttar Pradesh are likely to take oath as minister sin “Modi Sarkar 2.0”. These names included prominent leaders...... Read full story here
#01:30 pm: Sushma Swaraj likely to take oath as minister, gets PMO's phone call: Sushma Swaraj, who held the portfolio of external affairs minister, is likely to continue as Union Minister in the new Narendra Modi-cabinet. According to sources, Swaraj, who opted out from contesting Lok Sabha elections citing health reasons, will take oath as cabinet minister.
#01:18 pm: Rita Bahuguna Joshi reportedly recieves phonecall asking her to be present at the swearing-in ceremony. She is likley to take oath Cabinet minister.
#01:10 pm: DV Sadananda Gowda confirms he will take oath as minister: "I received a call from Amit Shah. He said that I should be there at home office of PM at 5 o'clock&swearing-in ceremony at 7 o'clock. At 5 o'clock PM will have tea with cabinet&other ministerial colleagues&then we'll go to Rashtrapati Bhavan to take oath," ANI quoted him as saying.
#01:01 pm: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Smriti Irani, Krishan Pal Gurjar, Dharmendra Pradhan, Rajnath Singh, Prakash Javadekar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Nirmala Sitharaman, Prahlad Joshi, Ramesh Pokhriyal, are likely to take oath as ministers.
#12:58 pm: BJP leaders DV Sadananda Gowda and Giriraj Singh to meet PM Narendra Modi at 4:30 PM today at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. Both the leaders are in the list of probable ministers.
#12:52 pm: Digvijaya Singh congratulates Modi: Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Digvijaya Singh congratulates PM Narendra Modi ahead of his swearing-in ceremony. Digvijaya says, "Hope PM Modi honours the Constitution like he bowed before it at the Parliament Central Hall."
#12:45 pm: Kiren Rijiju , Anupriya Patel and Kailash Choudhary, Sanjeev Baliyan, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP MP from Asansol, Babul Supriyo to take oath as ministers.
#12:30 pm: Apart from Meghwal, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, Jitendra Singh, Piyush Goyal, Ramdas Athwale, Babul Supriyo, Rajnath Singh, Ramdas Athawale, Ram Vilas Paswan, Suresh Angadi, Sadananda Gowda have also got a call from the Prime Miniters office, according to sources.
#12:10 pm: Arjun Ram Meghwal gets the call: BJP MP from Rajasthan's Bikaner, Arjun Ram Meghwal has reportedly received a phone call confirming his ministrial post in the new Modi Cabinet. Meghwal, who was minister in the incumbent Modi government, will once again be trusted for the responsibilty. It was not yet clear what portfolio he will be given.
#12:08 pm: New ministers to meet Modi at 4:30 pm: New ministers, who are likely to be inducted in the Cabinet, are likely to meet Narendra Modi at 4:30 pm today, according to sources.
#12:05 pm: No just Mamata Banerjee, these CMs also not attending Modi's swearing-in: Not just Mamata Banerjee, but several other cheif ministers are also not attending Modi's oath-taking ceremony. Those who will not attend the ceremony are - Odisha cheif minister Naveen Patnaik, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
#12:00 pm: Each ally to get at least one cabinet birth, say sources: According to sources, all the BJP allies in NDA will get one cabinet birth each. From Shiv Sena, Arvind Sawant has been confrimed to get the cabinet birth.
#11:56 am: Delhi police issues traffic advisory in wake of Modi's swearing-in ceremony: Movement of general public to be closed at Rajpath (from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhawan), Vijay Chowk and adjoining areas including North & South fountain, South Avenue, North Avenue, Dara Shikoh Road, Church Road between 4 PM to 9 PM today.
#11:54 am: Menu for Modi's swearing-in ceremony: Vegetarian fare ranging from samosas to Rajbhog and lemon tarts will be served to degnitaries in the high tea. The dinner will include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The signature ‘Dal Raisina’, which take 48 hours to cook is already been cooked and will be served to the guests.
#11:47 am: Myanmar Preisdent U Win Myint arrives in Delhi: President of Myanmar, U Win Myint, arrives in Delhi. He will attend PM Narendra Modi's oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan later today.
#11:45 am: Preparation for celebrations at Amit Shah residence: Preparations for celebrations have already started at BJP president Amit Shah's residence. Tents have been erected at Amit Shah's residence ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.
#11:40 am: Punjab CM not to take part in Modi's swearing-in: Raveen Thukral, Media Adviser to Punjab CM: CM Amarinder Singh to not attend PM Narendra Modi's oath ceremony today.
#11:35 am: Only one minister from JDS, name to be out soon: Only one JDU MP will take oath as minister in the new Modi cabinet on Thursday. So far the name of the minister has not been finalised but according to sources, it will be announced soon.
#11:20 am: Mamata can't face families of deceased BJP workers, says Dilip Ghosh: "People have given a mandate against the political killings in the state. She can't face family members of those who were killed due to political violence," ANI quoted Dilip Ghosh, BJP MP from Midnapore and West Bengal BJP president, as saying.
#11:04 am: Ahead of swearing-in ceremony, marathon meeting between Modi and Amit Shah: Prime minister elect Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah is holding a marathon meeting ahead of the swearing-in ceremony. It is highly likely that the BJP president will be inducted into the new Modi Cabinet and may be given Home Ministry portfolio.
#10:50 am: Family members of BJP workers killed in West Bengal inivted for Modi's swearing-in: Family members of 54 BJP workers who were killed in political violence in West Bengal, arrive in Delhi to take part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oath ceremony today.
#10:30 am: Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant to take oath as minister: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has confirmed that Mumbai South MP Arvind Sawant will take oath as minister. Sawant defeated Congress strongman Milind Deora.
#10:20 am: Santosh Gangwar to administer oath of all MPs as protem speaker: Protem speaker, usually the oldest serving member, administer the oath of new MPs. The BJP has choosen Santosh Gangwar as the protem speaker. The 70-year-old BJP leader has been elected as MP for the 8th time.
#9:40 am: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to attend ceremony: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony along with his wife and son. Shiv Sena is BJP's alliance partner in NDA.
#9:14 am: BJP MP Manoj Tiwari hits Mamata Banerjee for skipping Modi's swearing-in: She should not come either. The way she has used violence in a democracy, she doesn't have the courage to face people at such meeting.
#8:20 am: Probable list of leaders set to take oath as ministers in new Modi Cabinet: BJP president Amit Shah is all set to repalce Rajnath Singh as Home Minister. Singh may be given defence ministry. With Arun Jaitley opting out of the Cabinet, Piyush Goyal is likely to replace him as Finance Minister. Check out the full list of probables here
#7:50 am: Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering lands in Delhi: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhle receives Prime Minister of Bhutan on his arrival in Delhi. He will attend PM Narendra Modi's oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan later today.
#7:35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute at the National War Memorial in Delhi.
#7.18 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah pay tribute at Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, the memorial of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
#7.10 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
#WATCH | PM @narendramodi pays tribute to #MahatmaGandhi at Rajghat. Later today, President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to PM Modi.
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#6:45 am: VK Singh, Smriti Irani reach Atal Smriti Sthal: Ghaziabad MP VK Singh, "giant-slayer" Smriti Irani, JP Nadda and other top BJP leaders have already arrived at Atal Smriti Sthal.
#6:40 am: Ahead of swearing-in, Modi, BJP leaders to visit memorials of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mahatma Gandhi: Narendra Modi will visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee's memorial, which will be followed by a visit to Rajghat. Later, Modi will also visit the National War Memorial near India Gate.
#6:30 am: Foreign degnitaries begin to arrive to take part in Modi's swearing in ceremony: Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius, arrives at IGI airport; received by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. He will attend the swearing-in-ceremony of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister later today.
Delhi: Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius, arrives at IGI airport; received by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. He will attend the swearing-in-ceremony of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister later today. pic.twitter.com/1ZM3yZSRWb— ANI (@ANI) May 30, 2019