The 19 new faces of PM Modi’s Cabinet

RSTV Bureau

Ahead of the crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi carried out a major expansion of his Council of Ministers by inducting 19 new faces, including several dalit and OBC leaders as well as from poll-bound states like UP.

Prakash Javadekar, who held the independent charge of environment, was the lone minister promoted to the cabinet rank while all new inductees took oath as ministers of state.

Today’s exercise underlines BJP’s attempts at wooing dalits and OBCs, whose votes would be crucial to its fortunes in key states like UP and Gujarat.

All barring Vijay Goel and Faggan Kulaste are new faces while a few have been ministers in BJP-ruled state governments.

Ajay Tamta, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Krishna Raj, Ramdas Athawale, Ramesh C Jigaginagi were among the dalit MPs sworn in as ministers by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Others who were inducted in the Modi government included Anupriya Patel, S S Ahluwalia, P P Chadudhary, C R Chaudhary, M J Akbar, J Bhabhor, Purshotam Rupala Mansukhbhai Mandaviya, S R Bhamre, Mahendra Nath Padey, A M Dave, Rajen Gohain.

While Patel and Athawale are BJP allies, all others are from BJP.

Among the 19 inductees, three MPs each from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh took oath while four from Rajasthan were also sworn in.

At least five ministers of state are likely to be dropped.


Newly Inducted Ministers
PP Chaudhary:  Lok Sabha MP represents Pali in Rajasthan
BJP Subhash Ram Rao: Lok Sabha MP represents Dhule in Maharashtra 
BJP MJ Akbar: Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha represents in Jharkhand
BJP Arjun Ram Meghwal: Lok Sabha MP represents Bikaneer in Rajsthan

Anil Madhav Dave: Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha represents Madhya Pradesh

Ramesh Jigajinagi: Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha from Bijapur Karnataka 

Purshotam Rupala: Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha represents Gujarat

Jaswant Sinh Bhabhor: Sinh is Lok Sabha MP from Dahod Gujarat

Rajan Gohain: Lok Sabha MP represents Nowgong in Assam
Mahendra Nath Pandey: Lok Sabha MP represents Chandauli in UP
Faggan Kulaste: Lok Sabha MP represents Mandla  in Madhya Pradesh
Vijay Goel: Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha represents Delhi 
Anupriya Singh Patel: Lok Sabha MP represents Mirzapur in UP
Mansukh Mandaviya: Member of Parliament in Rajya  Sabha represents Gujarat
CR Chaudhary: Lok Sabha MP represents Nagaur in Rajsthan
Ajay Tamta: Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha represents Almora in Uttara Khand 
Ramdas Athalwale: Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha represents Maharashtra
Krishna Raj: Lok Sabha represents Shajahanpur in Uttar Pradesh
SS Ahluwalia: Lok Sabha MP represents Darjeeling in West Bengal
Prakash Javadekar:  Promoted as Cabinet Minster from MoS