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According to sources, Modi raised the issue of slow pace of trial in 26/11 terror case which was being held in Pakistan and as also India’s core concern of terror with the visiting Pakistani leader.
The two leaders also talked about ways to enhance cooperation in the field of trade during the meeting which was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh among others, they said. The two leaders had a firm handshake and posed for photographers before heading towards the meeting room for talks at the ceremonial Hyderabad House.
Ahead of his meeting, Sharif had yesterday said he was carrying a message of peace and intends to pick up the threads with India’s new leader Narendra Modi from where he and then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left off in 1999. Both governments have a strong mandate and this could help in turning a new page in our relations, the Pakistan Prime Minister had said.
Sharif’s visit is seen as significant by political observers here given that hardline elements in Pakistan have expressed their unhappiness over his responding to the invitation positively. Sharif will leave for Pakistan later in the day.
Ahead of the meeting, Sharif said at the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi that he had come to India to ‘build better ties’.
Modi also met heads of SAARC nation including Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Mauritius Navin Ramgoolam and Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at the Hyderabad House.
Sharif and other leaders of SAARC nations as well as Mauritius attended Modi’s swearing in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday evening.
|Narendra Modi’s Day 1 in Office|
• Mansukhbhai Vasava to be new MoS Tribal Affairs
• Rao Saab Danve gets MoS Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution
• Nihalchand is news MoS for Chemicals and Fertilizer
• Vishnu Dev Sai to be new MoS Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment
• Sudarshan Bhagat (MoS Social Justice and Empowerment)
• Saneev Kumar Balyan (MoS Agriculture, Food Processing Industry)
• P Radhakrishnan to be MoS Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
• Kiran Rijiju gets MoS Home
• Krishna Pal Gujjar (MoS Road Transport and Highways, Shipping).
• G M Sidheswara to be new MoS Civil Aviation
• Manoj Sinha is MoS Railways
• Upendra Khushwaha is MoS Rural Development Panchyati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation
• Nirmala Sitharaman to be Commerce and Industry Minister with Independent charge. She will also be MoS Corporate Affairs
• Jitendra Singh to be MoS in Prime Minister’s Office. He will also hold Science and Technology and Earth Sciences charge
• Piyush Goyal to be Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy Minister with Independent charge
• Prakash Javadekar to hold Information and Broadcasting and Environment, Forests, Climate Change (Independent charge). He will also be MoS Parliamentary Affairs
• Sarbanada Sonawal gets Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Sports ministries with Independent Charge
• Dharmendra Pradhan to be MoS Petroleum and Natural Gas with Independent charge
• Shripad Yesso Naik gets Independent charge of Culture and Tourism
• Santosh Gangwar gets MoS Independent charge of Textiles. He is also junior minister Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
• Inderjit Singh Rao gets Planning and Statistics and Programme Implementation with Independent charge. He is also MoS Defence
• Gen (R) VK Singh gets Independent charge of Development of Northeast Region. He is also MoS External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs
• Radha Mohan Singh gets Agriculture. Thawar Chand Gehlot to be new Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment
• Jual Oram to be new Minister for Tribal Affairs
• Harsh Vardhan gets Health, Smriti Irani to be new Minister for HRD
• Harsimrat Kaur Badal gets Food Processing
• Narendra Singh Tomar to be new Minister for Mines and Steel. He also gets Labour and Employment
• Anant Geete gets Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
• Ravi Shankar Prasad to be the new Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Law and Justice
• Uma Bharti to be new Minister for Water Resources
• Ashok Gajapati Raju to be the new Minister for Civil Aviation
• Anant Geete gets Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
• Najma Heptulla to be new Minister for Minority Affairs
• Ananth Kumar gets Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry
• Jaitley also gets Corporate Affairs
• Kalraj Mishra to be the Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
• Maneka Gandhi gets Woman and Child Development Ministry
• Nitin Gadkari gets Transport, Highways and Shipping portfolios
• DV Sadanand Gowda to be the new Railway Minister
• Gopinath Munde to hold Rural Development and Panchayati Raj portfolios
• Ram Vilas Paswan gets Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution Ministries
• M Venkaiah Naidu to be the new Minister for Urban Development, Housing, Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs
• Sushma Swaraj gets External Affairs and Overseas portfolios
• Rajnath Singh to be the new Union Home Minister
• Arun Jaitley gets Finance and Defence Ministries
Modi assumed office on Tuesday, a day after being sworn-in by President Pranab Mukherjee. Modi was received at South Block office of the Prime Minister’s Office by newly appointed Principal Secretary Nripendra Mishra and some other senior officials.
However, even before assuming charge, Modi had begun his official work last night itself by holding a meeting with top officials.
Though Modi will be meeting all leaders from the SAARC countries as also the Mauritius Prime Minister, it is his meeting with Sharif that has aroused the maximum interest in the media due to the troubled relationship between the two countries over the years.
The bilateral relationship has been bedeviled by what India views as Pakistan’s hesitation in taking action against the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
Modi was on Monday sworn-in as the 15th Prime Minister of India after the BJP stormed into power at the Centre with absolute majority.
63-year-old Modi took oath in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan before a 3000-strong gathering.
Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, M Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Uma Bharti, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani and Harsh Vardhan were among those who were sworn-in as Cabinet Ministers.
Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP), Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Akali Dal), Anant Geete (Shiv Sena) and Ashok Gajapathi Raju (TDP) also took the oath on Monday.