Ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made changes to his core Cabinet team on Tuesday. 19 new Ministers of States have been inducted to the cabinet apart from elevating Prakash Javadekar to Cabinet rank.
Javadekar was given MoS ( Independent) charge in the first cabinet expansion took place in 2014.
Prime Minister Modi has dropped five ministers from his Council of Ministers for reasons yet to be revealed by government.
These Ministers include Nihalchand, Ram Shankar Katheria, Sanwar Lal Jat, Manuskhbhai D Vasva and M K Kundariya.
Nihal Chand was a Minister of State in charge of Panchayati Raj, Katheria, an MP from Agra was the Minister of State in charge of HRD, Sanwar Lal Jat from Ajmer was an MoS in the Water Resources ministry and Mohanbhai Kundariya was a MoS in-charge of agriculture.
The oath-taking ceremony was be administered by President Pranab Mukherjee in the Durbar hall of Rashtrapathi Bhavan at 11 AM. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah along with NDA governments cabinet ministers.
Prime Minister Modi held long discussions with BJP president Amit Shah over the last one month to finalise the changes. The induction of the new minister into the cabinet comes just a day before the PM Modi leaves for Africa.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met a group of journalists in Delhi and briefed them about cabinet reshuffle and said that the rejig will “reflect the budget focus and priorities” of his government.
Modi also discussed issues like his government’s four-point agenda on minimum government for maximum governance, expeditious clearance of office files and improving ease of doing business.
Sources indicate that Prime Minister Modi has given priority to political veterans to leverage on their decades of experience and understanding of ministries. Modi- Shah duo has also considered the cast factors keeping in social equations in poll bound states like UP and Punjab.
Here is the list of ministers who sworn-in today
These 19 Ministers represent the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Assam.
- PP Chaudhary: Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha represents Pali in Rajsthan
- Subhash Ram Rao: He represents the Dhule constituency of Maharashtra in Lok Sabha.
- MJ Akbar: National spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand
- Arjun Ram Meghwal: He represents Bikaner constituency in Lok Sabhha, Rajasthan
- Anil Madhav Dave: Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha; represents Madhya Pradesh
- Ramesh Jigajinagi: He represents the Bijapur constituency of Karnataka and is a member of the BJP
- Purshotam Rupala: A senior BJP leader from Gujarat in Rajya Sabha
- Jaswant Sinh Bhabhor: Sinh is a Lok Sabha MP from Dahod in Gujarat
- Rajan Gohain: He has been representing the Nowgong constituency in Assam since 1999 in Lok Sabha
- Mahendra Nath Pandey: A Lok Sabha MP from Chandauli constituency in UP
- Faggan Kulaste: He represents the Mandla constituency of Madhya Pradesh and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party
- Vijay Goel: Goel is a senior leader of the BJP who represents Delhi in Rajya Sabha
- Anupriya Singh Patel: Apna Dal leader, representing Mirzapur constituency in Lok Sabha from UP
- Mansukh Mandaviya: He represents Gujarat in Rajya Sabha; has been a party functionary for long
- CR Chaudhary: Chhotu Ram Chaudhary is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and represents Nagaur constituency of Rajasthan in Lok Sabha
- Ajay Tamta: Ajay Tamta is a politician from Uttarakhand and a Member of Parliament from Almora
- Ramdas Athalwale: President of RPI (A), represents Maharashtra in the Upper House
- Krishna Raj: Lok Sabha MP from Shahjahanpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh
- SS Ahluwalia: BJP senior leader represents Darjeeling seat in Lok Sabha
(RSTV Bureau report with inputs from Vishal Dahiya)