Modi says goodbye to small cabinet, inducts 21 ministers into his council

(P Ravi)

New Delhi, November 9: Until now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had preferred to go with a small cabinet, thereby saving expenditure to the state exchequer. By inducting 21 ministers into his cabinet on Sunday, he aims at not only rewarding Maharashtra and Haryana for the poll success, but it looks like a definite aim at the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh elections. During the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, 17 of the ministers took oath as Ministers of State, while four were sworn in as cabinet ministers. Here is the list of new members in Modi’s cabinet –

Cabinet Ministers:

  1. Manohar Parrikar – Known to be close to the Prime Minister, the former Chief Minister of Goa enjoys popularity in his home state and across India for his administration. He is the first cabinet minister ever from Goa. He is expected to be given the defence portfolio, which is currently being taken care of by Arun Jailtley. There were also reports of his getting home ministry.
  2. Suresh Prabhu was Shiv Sena MP from Rajapur Loksabha constituency for four straight terms until he lost his seat in 2009 general elections. According to sources, BJP is said to have asked Shiv Sena for two names to be included in the cabinet and insisted that one of them should be Suresh Prabhu. Sena was reluctant, yet relented. By the time of swearing in, Anil Desai, the other Sena candidate was called back as Shiv Sena was unhappy with the junior minister’s position being offered to him. Suresh Prabhu, on the other hand joined BJP.
  3. JP Nadda is a senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh
  4. Birendra Singh is BJP leader from Haryana

Ministers of State:

  1. Bandaru Dattatreya is Lok Sabha MP from Secundarabad, Telangana. He is a senior BJP leader and former union minister for Railways and lone representative of Telangana in the cabinet.
  2. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy
  3. Doctor Mahesh Sharma is owner of Kailash Hospitals and MP from Gautambudh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
  4. MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is Rajyasabha MP.
  5. Ram Kripal Yadav from Bihar is the former RLD leader.
  6. Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary from Gujarat
  7. Sanwar Lal Jat, MP from Ajmer. He had defeated Congress leader Sachin Pilot
  8. Mohan Kundariya, MP from Rajkot.
  9. Giriraj Singh is BJP MP from Bihar. He is an upper caste leader of repute.
  10. Hansraj Ahir is from Maharashtra. He is a backward class leader and exposed the coal scam
  11. Ram Shankar Katheriya
  12. YS Chowdary is TDP MP known to be close to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
  13. Jayant Sinha is the son of Yashwant Sinha and is MP from Hazirabagh. He is an IIT and Harvard graduate.
  14. Olympic shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore is an MP from Jaipur.
  15. Babul Supriyo is popular Singer and BJP leader from West Bengal
  16. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti is MP from Fatehpur
  17. Vijay Sampla, BJP MP from Hishiapur represents Dalits from Punjab

The speculations over the portfolios to the new members and the possibility of reshuffle of portfolios of the existing ministers continue. Here is the tentative list:

Cabinet Ministers

  1. Manohar Parrikar: Defence
  2. Suresh Prabhu: Railways
  3. Jagat Prakash Nadda: Health & Family Welfare
  4. Chaudhary Birender Singh: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation

Ministers of State, Independent Charge

  1. Rajiv Pratap Rudy: Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs
  2. Bandaru Dattatreya: Labour and Employment (Independent Charge)
  3. Dr. Mahesh Sharma: Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation
  4. General VK Singh: Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge),  External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
  5. Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge), Defence
  6. Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge)
  7. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs 
  8. Ram Kripal Yadav: Drinking Water & Sanitation
  9. Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary: Home Affairs
  10. Sanwar Lal Jat: Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
  11. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya: Agriculture
  12. Giriraj Singh: Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
  13. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir: Chemicals & Fertilizers
  14. Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria: Human Resource Development
  15. Y.S. Chowdary: Science and Technology, Earth Science
  16. Jayant Sinha: Finance
  17. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Information & Broadcasting
  18. Babul Supriyo: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation 
  19. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Food Processing Industries
  20. Vijay Sampla: Social Justice & Empowerment

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