As it happened: Javadekar replaces Smriti Irani as HRD minister after cabinet reshuffle

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As it happened: Javadekar replaces Smriti Irani as HRD minister after cabinet reshuffle
  • 22:48 (IST)

    Ministers of State reshuffled

    Here are all the ministers of states:

    Rao Inderjit Singh
    Planning (Independent Charge)
    Urban Development
    Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation

    Bandaru Dattatreya
    Labour & Employment (Independent Charge)

    Rajiv Pratap Rudy
    Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge)

    Vijay Goel
    Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
    Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation

    Shripad Yesso Naik
    AAYUSH (Independent Charge)

    Dharmendra Pradhan
    Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)

    Piyush Goyal
    Power (Independent Charge)
    Coal (Independent Charge)
    New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
    Mines (Independent Charge)

    Jitendra Singh
    Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge)
    Prime Minister’s Office
    Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
    Department of Atomic Energy
    Department of Space

    Nirmala Sitharaman
    Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)

    Mahesh Sharma
    Culture (Independent Charge)
    Tourism (Independent Charge)

    Manoj Sinha
    Communications (Independent Charge)

    Anil Madhav Dave
    Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)

    VK Singh
    External Affairs

    Santosh Kumar Gangwar

    Faggan Singh Kulaste
    Health & Family Welfare

    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
    Minority Affairs
    Parliamentary Affairs

    SS Ahluwalia
    Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
    Parliamentary Affairs

    Ramdas Athawale
    Social Justice & Empowerment

    Ram Kripal Yadav
    Rural Development

    Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary
    Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

    Giriraj Singh
    Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

    Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
    Home Affairs

    GM Siddeshwara
    Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises

    Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi
    Drinking Water & Sanitation

    Rajen Gohain

    Parshottam Rupala
    Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
    Panchayati Raj

    MJ Akbar
    External Affairs

    Upendra Kushwaha
    Human Resources Development

    Radhakrishnan P
    Road Transport & Highways

    Kiren Rijiju
    Home Affairs

    Krishan Pal
    Social Justice & Empowerment

    Jasvantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor
    Tribal Affairs

    Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan
    Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation

    Vishnu Deo Sai

    Sudarshan Bhagat
    Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

    YS Chowdary
    Science & Technology
    Earth Science

    Jayant Sinha
    Civil Aviation

    Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
    Information & Broadcasting

    Babul Supriyo
    Urban Development
    Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation

    Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
    Food Processing Industries

    Vijay Sampla
    Social Justice & Empowerment

    Arjun Ram Meghwal
    Corporate Affairs

    Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey
    Human Resource Development

    Ajay Tamta

    Krishna Raj
    Women & Child Development

    Mansukh L Mandaviya
    Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Chemicals & Fertilisers

    Anupriya Patel
    Health & Family Welfare

    CR Chaudhary
    Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

    PP Chaudhary
    Law & Justice
    Electronics & Information Technology

    Dr Subhash Ramrao Bhamre


  • 22:42 (IST)

    New Council of Ministers

    For those coming in just now, here's what the Council of Ministers looks like after the reshuffle:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    Personnel, Public Grievances &  Pensions
    Department of Atomic Energy
    Department of Space

    Cabinet Ministers

    Rajnath Singh
    Home Affairs

    Sushma Swaraj
    External Affairs

    Arun Jaitley
    Finance &
    Corporate Affairs

    M Venkaiah Naidu
    Urban Development
    Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation
    Information &  Broadcasting

    Nitin Jairam Gadkari
    Road Transport and Highways
    & Shipping

    Manohar Parrikar

    Suresh Prabhu

    D V Sadananda Gowda
    Statistics & Programme Implementation

    Uma Bharati
    Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation

    Najma A Heptulla
    Minority Affairs

    Ramvilas Paswan
    Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

    Kalraj Mishra
    Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

    Maneka Sanjay Gandhi
    Women & Child Development

    Ananth Kumar
    Chemicals & Fertilizers
    Parliamentary Affairs

    Ravi Shankar Prasad
    Law & Justice
    Electronics & Information Technology

    Jagat Prakash Nadda
    Health & Family Welfare

    Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati
    Civil Aviation

    Anant Geete
    Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises

    Harsimrat Kaur Badal
    Food Processing Industries

    Narendra Singh Tomar
    Rural Development

    Panchayati Raj
    Drinking Water & Sanitation

    Chaudhary Birender Singh

    Jual Oram
    Tribal Affairs

    Radha Mohan Singh
    Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

    Thaawar Chand Gehlot
    Social Justice and Empowerment

    Smriti Zubin Irani

    Harsh Vardhan
    Science & Technology
    Earth Sciences

    Prakash Javadekar
    Human Resource Development


  • 22:37 (IST)

    Oncologist Subhash Ramrao Bhamre replaces Rao Inderjit Singh as MoS Defence

    Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, an oncologist and a first-time MP from Maharashtra, was today appopinted as the Minister of State for Defence.

    He replaced Rao Inderjit Singh who has been made Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) and Urban Development Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.

    Bhamre's induction into the Union Ministry is being seen as the Modi government's attempt to compensate Maharashtra for the exit of Raosaheb Danve, who resigned after being appointed the president of BJP's state unit.

    It is also an effort to humour BJP supporters in Jalgaon-Dhule belt, who are apparently unahppy over the exit of party heavyweight Eknath Khadse from the Devendra Fadnavis Ministry in the wake of accusations of wrongdoing in purchase of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation land.

    Bhamre, born on 11 September, 1953, defeated Amrish Patel of Congress to enter the Lok Sabha in 2014 elections from the Dhule constituency, bordering Gujarat. His constituency adjoins Jalgoan, the home turf of Khadse.

    He has been offering free treatment to cancer patients.

    He has conducted free multiple medical camps and surgeries. He organised public education speeches for cancer awareness and its early detection and prevention.

    Bhamre is also known for visiting houses of financially weak cancer patients, who couldn't afford to visit hospital for diagnosis and treatment.

    The 63-year-old BJP MP is a Member of the Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare and also a Member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Railways. He is also member of the Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes.

    Bhamre was among the 'non-political' personalities fielded by BJP in 2014 elections and registered a convincing victory over Patel as the Modi wave swept the constituency.

    During his college days, Bhamre was the vice captain of Mumbai University's chess and basket ball teams. 


  • 22:33 (IST)

    Shivraj Chouhan thanks PM for giving MP 'largest-ever' representation

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making three more MPs from the state union ministers, and elevating Prakash Javadekar to the cabinet rank.

    MP now has eight ministers in the union cabinet.

    "I express gratitude to the Prime Minister for giving Madhya Pradesh the largest-ever representation in the union cabinet after the Independence," Chouhan said.

    This will accelerate the pace of development in the state, he said in a release.

    Javadekar, earlier a minister of state with independent charge, was today made a cabinet minister, while MJ Akbar and Anil Dave were sworn in as ministers of state. All three are Rajya Sabha members from Madhya Pradesh.

    Besides, BJP's tribal face Faggan Singh Kulaste was also inducted.

    Lok Sabha members from the state, namely, Sushma Swaraj, Narendra Singh Tomar, Thawar Chand Gehlot, and Rajya Sabha member Najma Haptullah already represent Madhya Pradesh in the union cabinet. 


  • 22:29 (IST)

    Hansraj Gangaram Ahir is MoS Home Affairs

    Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, a 61-year-old Lok Sabha MP from Chandrapur, Maharashtra, has been appointed MoS Home Affairs. 

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Ramdas Athawale bags Social Justice portfolio

    Ramdas Athawale is the new Social Justice and Empowerment minister. Born in Maharashtra's Agalgaon in Sangli district on 25 December, 1959, Athawale has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2014. 

  • 22:22 (IST)

    Manoj Sinha new MoS Communication and IT

  • 22:18 (IST)

    Fagan Singh Kulaste is new MoS Family Health and Welfare 

    Fagan Singh Kulaste has been appointed as MoS Family Health and Welfare. Born in Barbat in Mandla district, the 57-year-old MP was elected to the Lok Sabha from Mandla. He has been a Lok Sabha MP four times between 1996 and 2004 and a Rajya Sabha member between 2012-14.

  • 22:12 (IST)

    Smriti Irani tops Twitter trends

    Smriti Irani is trending on Twitter, after news broke that she has been shifted out of the Human Resources Development Ministry and into Textiles Ministry. She has even beaten Jayant Sinha, who is now third on Twitter's trending topics in India.

    Here's how Twitterati is reacting to the shock:

  • 22:04 (IST)

    Did you know? 

    SS Ahluwalia, who has been appointed MoS Parliament Affairs, was born in Jaykay Nagar in Burdwan on 4 July, 1951. He holds BSc and LLB degrees. He is a Lok Sabha MP representing Darjeeling. He was Minister of State for Urban Affairs and Employment, and Parliamentary Affairs between September 1995 – May 1996. 

  • 21:54 (IST)

    With Jayant Sinha moving to Civil Aviation, Arjun Meghwal is appointed as the new MoS Finance. Born in Bikaner on 20 December, 1953, Meghwal holds MA, LLB and MBA degrees. He is a retired IAS officer. 

  • 21:50 (IST)

    Birendra Singh loses Rural Development, gets Steel portfolio: NDTV

  • 21:49 (IST)

    Ananth Kumar retains Chemical and Fertilisers portfolio but is also now the new Parliamentary Affairs minister 

  • 21:45 (IST)

    Change in environment ministry

    With Javadekar moving to HRD, Anil Madhav Dave is new Environment, Forest and Climate Change minister. Born in Barnagar, Ujjain on 6 July, 1956, he holds a masters degree in commerce. He is a member of Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.

  • 21:44 (IST)

    Sadananda Gowda loses Law Ministry portfolio, is shifted to Statistics and Programme Implementation

    Mahesh Sharma loses Civil Aviation, retains Culture and Tourism portfolio

  • 21:40 (IST)

    Jayant Sinha is the new MoS Civil Aviation while Ravishankar Prasad has been appointed law minister. Vijay Goel is MoS Sports.

  • 21:34 (IST)

    Smriti Irani gives up Human Resource Development Ministry, is new textiles minister

    Smriti Irani has been moved from HRD Ministry to Textiles Ministry and Prakash Javadekar is now the new HRD Minister, reports Times Now. Venkaiah Naidu has been allotted the I&B portfolio while SS Ahluwalia has been appointed MoS Parliament Affairs. 

    Rajen Gohain is new MoS Railways while Babul Supriyo is new MoS Urban Development

    MJAkbar is MoS External Affairs

  • 19:29 (IST)

    Katheria and Kundaria accept fate, say will work for the party

    Ram Shankar Katheria and Mohanbhai Kundaria seemed to have reconciled to the fact that they have been dropped from the council of ministers. 

    Katheria told IANS that his exit from the union council of ministers has nothing to do with the controversial statements he made, which he continues to stand by.

    He told IANS that perhaps the changes in the ministry were necessitated and the party will enlist his services on organisational assignments mainly in view of the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh. 

    "Mujhe lagta hai ki hum log sangathan mein kaam karenge, chunav hai to hum log jyada kaam karenge (I think we will work in the organisation, we will work more in view of the polls)," Katheria told IANS.

    "It was necessary. What kind of reshuffle was needed in the government, I think, honourable Prime Minister did it."

    Katheria, who was minister of state for HRD, also said that he was being dropped from the council as "my party would need my services in the organisation. I will abide by the decision of the party leadership". 

    Asked if he may be required to play a role in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, which are scheduled next year, the Agra MP said that nothing specific has been conveyed to him.

    Katheria further said that BJP chief Amit Shah did not say anything particular about his role in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. "Whatever BJP chief and the party would decide, I would go by it." 

    He maintained that it is wrong to say that he was dropped because of his controversial remarks.

    "Whatever I said, I said in the nation's interest and I stand by it," Katheria said.

    About a fortnight ago, while addressing a gathering at the Lucknow University, Katheria had said there would be "saffronisation of education and the country" which, he suggested, was being done because it was "beneficial" for the country. 

    "Whatever is good for the country will be done, be it saffronisation or Sanghwaad (propagation of RSS ideology),” the minister had said. 

    Gujarat's Rajkot MP Mohanbhai Kundaria, who was Minister of State for Agriculture, said that he accepted the party's decision. 

    "I accept the party's decision. I am a soldier of the party which gave me several opportunities. I was five-time MLA in Gujarat and two-time MP. I was also made the party's district president. The party's decision is right," he told IANS


  • 19:11 (IST)

    Javadekar promoted, 19 new faces get berth in Cabinet reshuffle

    View pics from the oath-taking ceremony here

  • 18:38 (IST)

    New ministers will do their best for country: Shah

    BJP President Amit Shah today expressed confidence that the newly-inducted ministers in the government will do their best for the country.

    "Congratulations to all newly sworn-in ministers. I am sure under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi they will do their best for India," he said in a tweet.

    Party leaders said with many of those coming from Dalit and OBC community been given large representation in the Union Cabinet, it will help the organisation electorally.

    BJP's National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh noted that a number of new ministers have served in state governments earlier and are conversant with delivery mechanism of the central projects on the ground.

    "Their experience will be big help and strengthen the agenda of cooperative federalism," he told reporters. 


  • 18:23 (IST)

    Gujarat leader Mansukhbhai Vasava says he is clueless about why he was dropped from Cabinet

    Mansukhbhai Vasava said that three months back, in a letter to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, he had threatened to quit the post if his complaints regarding tribal welfare in the state were not addressed.

    "I have no idea why I was asked to leave, will seek clarity from the party high command. As a tribal minister, I
    did all that was required for the benefit of tribal community and regions, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," Vasava told PTI.

    "But I was working in a hostile condition in my own ministry," he said.

    During the Union Cabinet expansion and reshuffle on Tuesday, Modi dropped Vasava and in his place inducted another tribal face from the state, Jaswantsinh Bhabhor.


  • 18:14 (IST)

    BJP and the Brahmin vote in UP

    BJP is exercising precaution not to annoy the upper castes in Uttar Pradesh. The Cabinet reshuffle exercise includes a Brahmin face from the state.

    The induction of Chandauli MP Marendra Nath Pandey, a prominent Brahmin leader from eastern UP, is a clear indication by BJP to woo the Brahmins.

    The 58-year-old leader is a two-time MLA and his induction is seen as an example of BJP going the whole hog to win after being out of power for a decade-and-a-half in the state.

    The party apparently does not want to leave anything to chance as far as retaining the upper caste voters is concerned, more so after the expulsion of state BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai.

    Pandey's induction in the central government is being seen as an attempt to reach out to the significantly large Brahmin vote bank in the state.

    The Brahmins, who were traditionally Congress supporters, had been siding with BJP in the post-Mandal era. However, a large chunk of them later also voted for Mayawati's BSP.


  • 17:56 (IST)

    And the wait continues...

    PM Modi is going to meet BJP leaders shortly to decide on portfolios for the newly inducted ministers, reports Times Now.

  • 17:55 (IST)

    Why Krishna Raj's induction is important

    The swearing-in of Shahjahanpur MP Krishna Raj is also significant ahead of the UP polls as the Scheduled Caste community forms a sizable chunk of the electorate.

    Forty-nine-year-old Krishna Raj belongs to Pasi community, which is also part of the large Dalit votebank. She is a first time BJP MP and one of the party's Dalit faces from UP.

    Raj was elected in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Shahjahanpur seat after her two stints in the UP Assembly in 1996 and 2007.

    She belongs to the Rohilkhand region of the state and her inclusion in the expanded NDA ministry will give more teeth to the saffron party among Scheduled Caste Pasi electorate.


  • 17:43 (IST)

    Kurmi vs Kurmi: Modi govt pits Anupriya Patel against Nitish Kumar 

    The prominence given to Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel, a Kurmi leader from eastern Uttar Pradesh, is seen as BJP's move to pre-empt rise of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, another Kurmi leader.

    Her inclusion in the Council of Ministers is apparently aimed at consolidating backward votes, especially eastern parts of the state where Nitish has been trying to make a foray ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls.

    So far, Nitish has held three rallies in UP and plans another visit later this month.

    Anupriya, a first time MP, is an eloquent pro-Modi voice within and outside Lok Sabha whose OBC roots have positioned her as an important BJP ally in UP.

    The 35-year-old Lok Sabha member from Mirzapur in UP won on the ticket of Apna Dal, a party founded by her father and Kurmi leader Sonelal Patel which later split, with the major faction siding with her mother, who expelled her from the party.

    The support of BJP, Anupriya's associates say, can help her claim the legacy of her father who built Apna Dal's base among OBCs, primarily his fellow castemen Kurmis. 

    BJP believes that a ministerial berth will give her the stature and gravitas required to work on Kurmi voters, who play an important role in deciding the fate of candidates in certain parts of the Hindi heartland state.

    Her speeches in the Lower House on various issues have often drawn praise from the treasury benches.


  • 17:32 (IST)

    Cabinet reshuffle signals India inching towards presidential form of govt

    One unambiguous message that emanates from Tuesday's cabinet expansion of the Modi government is that the governance in India, premised on the 'collective responsibility of the cabinet ministers', has over the years mutated into a 'presidential form' of government – slowly echoing a singular power system, like in the United States.

    This clearly means that the stature of the prime minister dwarfs his cabinet colleagues so much that most of them are reduced to insignificant entities. Take for example the names of the 19 new ministers inducted in the council, and the five ministers who were axed; none with a few exceptions are etched in people’s perception for their distinct identity, or are known for their exceptional oratory skills and influence on national politics.

    Of course, the expansion of the council of ministers can also be interpreted as a deft move to give representation to people who fall beyond the power politics of the charmed circle of Lutyens' Delhi. This indeed is a positive trend, given the country’s size and diversity. But the fact that none of these leaders have the stature of being regional satraps marks a distinct deviation in the method of governance.

    To read more, click here

  • 16:47 (IST)

    Ministry expansion a drama before UP polls: Mayawati

    Terming as a drama today's expansion of the Union Council of Ministers, BSP chief Mayawati said giving representation to a couple of leaders from the deprived sections will not ameliorate the lot of those communities.

    "The expansion of the Narendra Modi ministry carried out today is nothing but a drama enacted especially before Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Previous Congress governments had enacted a similar drama...BJP is merely following Congress," Mayawati said in a statement.

    "After more than two years, giving some minor positions to a couple of leaders from the deprived and weaker sections will not have any impact on the lot of these communities nor will it improve their social and economic condition," she said.

    It requires concrete and dedicated steps to uplift them but the Modi government is not concerned about it, the BSP chief said.

    Mayawati alleged that since the Modi government has worked only for capitalists and neglected the poor, farmers, Dalits, backwards and Muslims in its two years years in office, it has created hype about the expansion of the Union Council of Ministers.

    Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction with media on Monday, Mayawati said he has himself admitted that his government has not lived up to people's expectations of controlling inflation and reducing unemployment.

    She also contested Modi's claim that development will be the agenda of his party in the UP polls and not caste or religion, saying the past record of BJP proved otherwise "as its development agenda has been limited to only that of capitalists".

    Mayawati said the Modi government is also faced with a serious charge of writing off Rs 200-crore fine imposed on Adani group by the forest and environment ministry and sought an explanation on the issue. 


  • 16:45 (IST)

    What to make of PM Modi's minimum govt promise?

    Minimum government this certainly is not. Team Modi now comprises of 78 ministers – same as Manmohan Singh's Council of Ministers.

    Modi started his prime ministerial stint in 2014 with only 45 ministers, and this was widely flaunted as his commitment to minimum government. At that time, this writer had pointed out that Modi’s was a lean government, not a minimum government. But now it is not even a lean government. Seventy-nine is just a smidgeon short of the 81-member cap that the ninety-first amendment of the Constitution sets (15 percent of the strength of the lower house).

    So what exactly does Modi mean by minimum government? In the May 2014 article, this writer had pointed out that minimum government is not about numbers, that it is a philosophy and a certain view of the role of the state, which Modi did not seem to have grasped.

    Two years on, he still does not seem to have understood the essence of the philosophy of minimum government.

    When asked, at an interaction with a group of journalists, about his minimum government, maximum governance slogan, Modi replied: “Earlier, a cabinet note used to take at least three months to get prepared. Now files are getting cleared in 15 days to one month; there could be exceptions. . . . Earlier the government used to work in silos, it no longer works in silos.”

    Sorry, but that may be maximum governance but definitely not minimum government.

    To read more, click here.

  • 16:45 (IST)

    Modi tempers reliance on youth with induction of 10 experienced ministers 

    BJP MP from Mandla in Madhya Pradesh, Faggan Singh Kulaste who was born on 18 May 1959, at 57 is a senior leader. At 58, Mahendra Nath Pandey is another BJP leader from UP who joins the Union Council of Ministers from the crucial northern state.

    Fifty-six-year-old Ramdas Athawale is a RPI(A) leader from Maharashtra.

    Born on 6 July 1956, Anil Madhav Dave, a BJP Rajya Sabha MP representing Madhya Pradesh, got an advance birthday present as he joined the council of ministers, just a day before he turns 60.

    However, there are many others who are above 60 and bring a wealth of experience with them.

    Sixty-five-year-old MJ Akbar is a veteran journalist. Former Union Minister Vijay Goel, at 62 has again become a part of the Council of Ministers. Goel represents Rajasthan in Rajya Sabha, and a key BJP leader in Delhi.

    Another veteran who has now become a minister is 61-year-old Arjun Ram Meghwal. The Bikaner MP was the party's Chief Whip in the current Lok Sabha.

    Sixty-four-year-old Ramesh C Jigaginag, who represents the Bijapur constituency of Karnataka has also been included in the council of ministers. Veteran BJP leader SS Ahluwalia (65) is another leader who brings in vast experience of public life with him.

    PP Chaudhary, who celebrates his 63rd birthday in a week being born on 12 July, 1953, is the sitting MP from Pali, Rajasthan. Sixty-eight-year-old CR Chaudhary represents Nagaur in Rajasthan, 61-year-old Gujarat veteran and Rajya Sabha MP Parshottam Rupala, SR Bhamre who is MP from Dhule in Maharashtra are among others above the age of 60.

    Another senior 65-year-old Rajen Gohain, is a Lok Sabha MP from Assam, where the BJP scored a crucial electoral victory in the recent assembly polls.


  • 16:37 (IST)

    Anupriya Patel, 35, youngest new face as Modi inducts five new ministers below 50 years of age

    Bringing in five ministers aged below 50, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to give more space to youth in his council of ministers.

    At 35 years, Anupriya Patel, who comes from electorally crucial Uttar Pradesh, is the youngest face to be inducted in the Modi government today. Patel's party Apna Dal is a key NDA ally in UP which goes to polls in 2017.

    Forty-three-year-old Almora MP Ajay Tamta who was born on 16 July, 1972 is young face from Uttarakhand, which like UP is also poll bound next year.

    Mansukhbhai Mandaviya, BJP's Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, is another young leader who has become a Union minister at just 44-years of age. Gujarat too is going to polls next year.

    Forty-nine-year-old Krishna Raj is BJP MP from Shahjahanpur, while Jaswantsinh Bhabhor who represents Dahod in Gujarat, being born on 22 Aug 1966, turns 50 next month.


  • 16:26 (IST)

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Did you know?
    Six lawyers, a specialist in cancer surgery and a PhD degree holder are among ministers who were today inducted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ministry.

    Apart from these, four ministers have post-graduate degree, five are graduate and two are undergraduates.

    Out of six lawyer ministers, PP Chaudhary practised law in the Supreme Court while the others are Vijay Goel, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Arjun Ram Meghwal, SS Ahluwalia and Rajan Gohain.

    Subhash Ram Rao Bhamre is the only minister with a medical background in the newly expanded Council of Ministers. He is a doctor with super specialisation in cancer surgery.

    Ministers Krishna Raj, Anupriya Singh Patel, CR Chaudhary and Anil Madhav Dave have post-graduate degree, while MJ Akbar, Ramesh Jigajinagi, Jaswant Sinh Bhabhor, Parshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya are graduates.

    Mahendra Nath Pandey is the only newly inducted minister who holds a doctorate degree. He is PhD in Hindi.

    The other two ministers, Ajay Tamta and Ramdas Athalwale, are undergraduate, as per the information available on the websites of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. 


  • 16:17 (IST)

    President Mukherjee has accepted the resignation of Sanwar Lal Jat, Minister of State for Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation; Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Nihal Chand, Minister of State for Panchayati Raj; Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs; Ram Shankar Katheria, Minister of State for Human Resource Development. 

  • 16:10 (IST)

    Cabinet approves short-term loans to be given to farmers, reports ANI.

  • 16:09 (IST)

    Eid holiday has changed from 6 July to 7 July, informs RS Prasad at the briefing.

  • 16:07 (IST)

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Major announcements are being made at the Cabinet and CCEA briefing. Cabinet gives 'in-principle' approval for setting up a major port at Enayam near Colachel in TamilNadu; approves long-term contract with Mozambique for import of pulses; and clears National Apprentice Promotion Scheme, according to ANI.

  • 16:00 (IST)

    High courts to be renamed

    RS Prasad stated after the Cabinet meeting that Calcutta HC will now be known as Kolkata HC, Bombay HC now Mumbai HC and Madras HC now Chennai HC, reported ANI

  • 15:53 (IST)

    The induction of Vijay Goel as minister in the Modi government marks a turnaround in his fortune. The fall in the 62-year-old Goel's stock was as swift as the rise of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in the party. He was removed as BJP's Delhi unit chief and assigned little role in the last two Assembly elections in the national capital. He was sent to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.

    Goel's perseverance and efforts to voice the party's and the government's agenda have brought him back in the reckoning and his experience as a minister in the first NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee was seen as an added asset.

    Many in BJP believe that the media savvy leader can be an effective counter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's
    frequent attacks on the central government.


  • 15:50 (IST)

    PM Narendra Modi meeting the ministers, who have been newly inducted into Union Council of Ministers in New Delhi.

    Image courtesy: PIB

  • 15:43 (IST)

    SS Ahluwalia bounces back

    The induction of SS Ahluwalia as a minister in the Modi government marks a turnaround in the fortune of the leader, who was identified with the old order in the BJP and seen to be not in the good books of the top party brass until not long ago.

    Ahluwalia, 65, was a minister in the Narasimha Rao-led Congress government before he joined BJP and was seen close to party leader Sushma Swaraj.

    In 2012, the party then headed by Nitin Gadkari, did not nominate him again to Rajya Sabha when his term ended. Later, he was given a Lok Sabha ticket in 2014 to contest from Darjeeling in place of Jaswant Singh.

    He is seen as an effective parliamentarian.

    An outspoken leader who speaks Hindi and English besides some regional languages with equal ease, Ahluwalia's understanding of parliamentary affairs and experience as a former minister are seen as his positives.


  • 15:28 (IST)

    Apart from the Congress, the AAP also hit out at the NDA government over the Cabinet reshuffle. 

  • 15:24 (IST)

  • 15:23 (IST)

    Shiv Sena miffed after Cabinet reshuffle

    Meanwhile, the BJP's ally the Shiv Sena does not appear to be too pleased with the Cabinet rejig. Party spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that this was a swearing-in ceremony of the BJP, not the NDA. Raut is also the editor of the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana.'

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Surgeon-turned-politician Subhash Bhamre inducted in Cabinet

    From an oncologist-surgeon to a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers, the journey has been a unique one for Subhash Bhamre, who was elected from Dhule parliamentary constituency in Maharashtra.

    Born in Malpur in Dhule district of Maharashtra, Bhamre was a medical practitioner before he embarked upon a political career. He was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket, and on Tuesday was sworn-in as Minister of State.

    Bhamre, who did his medical studies in Mumbai at Grant Medical College, JJ Hospital and Tata Cancer Hospital, wrote a research paper on "Breast Cancer" for International Cancer Conference in Hungary.

    Bhamre has conducted several free medical check-up camps and free surgeries for poor patients. He has also organised public education events to create awareness about cancer and its early detection and prevention, and health awareness programmes.

    Bhamre is a member of the Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare apart from being a member of the Consultative Committee on the Ministry of Railways, and Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes.


  • 15:03 (IST)

    From telephone operator to Union Minister: Arjun Ram Meghwal

    A bureaucrat-turned-politician, Arjun Ram Meghwal, the chief whip of BJP in Lok Sabha, is known for his penchant for pedalling to Parliament.

    Meghwal was born into family of weavers in Kishmidesar village of Bikaner district. He began his career as a telephone operator while pursuing his LLB and got into the Rajasthan Civil Services after two failed attempts.

    He was later promoted to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

    A two-time MP, the 61-year-old was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 from Bikaner constituency which was earlier represented by Bollywood star Dharmendra.

    Known for his active participation in Lok Sabha debates on a variety of issues, Meghwal had recently attacked the judiciary for its "extra constitutional" activism. The dalit leader had demanded that "running commentary" by judges should end. Easily identified by his green and saffron turban, Meghwal has of late started using a bicycle to commute to Parliament during sessions. This, he says, saves fuel, protects environment and keeps him fit. He often sings bhajans in the morning which he says keep him mentally alert.

    As an MP, he has been a member of various parliamentary Committees including on defence, science and technology, environment and forest, personnel, public grievances and law and justice. Meghwal has participated in many programmes for development of Rajasthani language and its inclusion in 8th Schedule of the Constitution.

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Portfolios for new ministers to be announced at around 4 pm

    According to TV reports, the newly-inducted council of ministers are in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the PMO for tea. Reports further added that the portfolios for the new ministers will be announced at around 4 pm today.

  • 14:55 (IST)

  • 14:54 (IST)

    Will dutifully discharge responsibility: Javadekar

    Prakash Javadekar, the lone minister to be promoted to Cabinet rank today, said he will "dutifully" discharge the responsibility given to him, while other newly inducted ministers cited carrying out the government's development agenda as their priority. "This is more responsibility and I will do it dutifully," Javadekar said after taking oath.

    ​An MP from Maharashtra, S R Bhamre, who joined the Council of Ministers, said what could not be achieved in 60 years was done in the last two years by the Modi government, the only target of which is 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas'.

    "I will definitely meet the expectation from me. The Modi government has completed two years and many a good work have been done. But still a lot of work is left. Our Prime Minister's only target is Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' and development is the only agenda," he said.

    "Priority will be given to work for the interest of the farmers, youths, women, besides making efforts for uplift of all sections of society including Dalits," he said.

    Faggan Singh Kulaste, an MP from Madhya Pradesh who also secured a ministerial berth, said the government in the last two years had taken important decisions and his responsibility is to see that their implementation is being done properly at the grassroot level.

    "The government has taken many important decisions and it is our responsibility to see that their implementation is being done properly and taken to the grassroot level," he said. To a question, Kulaste said he will be happy with whatever ministry is given to him.

A total of 19 new ministers, some from Dalit community, are set to be inducted in the expansion of the Union Council of Ministers on Tuesday, an exercise being done ahead of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and a few other states next year. According to sources on Monday night, the expansion-cum-reshuffle being carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to see elevation of at least one minister to Cabinet rank. Some of the 19 new ministers are expected to get Independent charge, the sources said.

Sources have said 19 new faces would be brought into the Cabinet, in an expansion that would be meant to "bring in doers and performers". Sources in the government told The Times of India that the 19 new faces have been picked after an exhaustive vetting and selection process, with the likely names being identified on the basis of their professional expertise and experience.

Ahead of the expansion, Modi was quoted as saying that Tueday's expansion of his ministry will reflect "budget focus and priorities". BJP sources said some ministers may also be dropped. In the expansion, the second since Modi took over in May 2014, new faces like Anupriya Patel, an OBC Lok Sabha member of ally Apna Dal in Uttar Pradesh, besides BJP MPs SS Ahluwalia (West Bengal) and Purshottam Rupala, a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, may be inducted.

PM Narendra Modi flanked by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. AFP

PM Narendra Modi flanked by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. AFP

All the new entrants are expected to be from BJP, except for Anupriya Singh Patel. Krishna Raj, a Dalit woman MP from Uttar Pradesh, Mahendra Nath Pandey, a Brahmin face in the state, Ajay Tamta, a Dalit MP from Uttarakhand, which also goes to polls next year, also figure in the list of probables. Arjun Ram Meghwal, a Dalit BJP MP from Rajasthan, Ramdas Athawale, another Dalit leader and RPI MP from Maharashtra, can get ministerial berths besides Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, who is also from Maharashtra, and Mansukhbhai Mandaviya, a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat.

The names of Rajya Sabha MPs Vijay Goel, MJ Akbar, Anil Madhav Dave and PP Chaudhary, Lok Sabha member from Rajasthan, have also been doing the rounds as possible inductions. Faggan Singh Kulhaste, who was embroiled in the cash-for-votes scam during the UPA-1 rule, CR Chaudhary(Gujarat), Jasvantsinh Bhabhor(Gujarat) Rajen Gohain(Assam) and Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi(Karnataka) ae also likely to be inducted.

Many of these leaders on Monday met with BJP chief Amit Shah, who is also likely to announce the party's organisational team soon. Frank Noronha, principal spokesperson of the government, tweeted on Monday that the cabinet expansion will take place on Tuesday at 11 am.

There is also a vacancy in the Council of Ministers after Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal became the Chief Minister of Assam. The first expansion had occurred in November 2014.

There are currently 64 Union ministers, including the Prime Minister, and there can be a maximum of 82 of them under a constitutional bar. The sources said the expansion comes after an exhaustive vetting and selection process to find the best talent. People were assessed on the value they would bring to the Union Council of Ministers, they said.

The sources said this marks a firm departure from the usual routine of frequent changes based on caste, religion and other time serving political considerations and is a firm endorsement of developmental politics that the prime minister champions.

The selection was based on the new ministers' professional expertise, experiences in both Centre and states besides keeping the youth factor in mind.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 05, 2016 22:49 PM

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