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Cabinet Reshuffle HIGHLIGHTS | Sonowal, Scindia brought in; 12 ministers including Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad exit

As many as 15 Cabinet ministers, including some new faces, were sworn-in at the swearing in ceremony held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Published: 07th July 2021 04:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th July 2021 07:53 PM   |  A+A-

While 13 members took oath in Hindi, two took in English. (Photo | ANI)

By Online Desk

Effecting a big reset, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday brought in Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and Jyotiraditya Scindia as Cabinet ministers while dropping as many as 12 ministers including Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar.

As many as 15 Cabinet ministers, including some new faces, were sworn-in at the swearing in ceremony held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

While 13 members took oath in Hindi, two took in English.

Rane, 69, a Rajya Sabha MP and a former Maharashtra chief minister, was the first to take oath.

After Rane, Sonowal, former Assam chief minister, took oath in English.

The 58-year-old leader has earlier served as Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; and Sports and Youth Affairs under Prime Minister Modi Congress-turned-BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, a Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh, also took oath as a Cabinet minister.

The 50-year-old leader has been Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and Union Minister of State for Commerce & Communications in the earlier UPA government.

Lok Sabha MP from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh Virendra Kumar, Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha Ashwini Vaishnaw, Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar and JD(U) leader R C P Singh, Lok Sabha MP from Bihar's Hajipur Pashupati Kumar Paras, were also sworn-in as Cabinet ministers.

Kiren Rijiju, R K Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Mandaviya, Parshottam Rupala, G Kishan Reddy and Anurag Thakur were elevated to the Cabinet level.

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07:36 Jul 7

WATCH | Cabinet Reshuffle: Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal resign, fresh faces like Scindia, Rane show up

07:49 Jul 7

Modi government gets 28 new Ministers of State

07:48 Jul 7

Full list of newly-inducted Cabinet Ministers

07:47 Jul 7

Pankaj Choudhary: From civic body member to six-time MP

  • A six-time Lok Sabha MP, Pankaj Choudhary brings with him a wealth of experience in the Union council of ministers. Sworn in on Wednesday as a Union minister, Choudhary (56) began his political career in 1989-91 as a member of the Gorakhpur Municipal Corporation, soon to become it's deputy mayor. He became a member of the BJP working committee in 1990.
  • He was elected for the first time to the lower house of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh's Maharajganj in 1991.
  • He was re-elected from the constituency in 1996 and 1998. Choudhary, however, lost to Akhilesh Singh of the Samajwadi Party in the 1999 General Election.
  • He later won the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. In 2009, he lost to the Congress candidate from Maharajganj. In 2014, Choudhary won from the same constituency and again in 2019 to become a member of the Lok Sabha for the sixth time.
07:45 Jul 7

Bureaucrat-turned politician RK Singh elevated to Union Cabinet Minister rank

  • Singh who steered Modi government's power sector reforms agenda that made India surplus in electricity, was on Wednesday elevated as a Cabinet Minister from Minister of State rank. Singh was administered oath as Union Cabinet Minister by President of India Ram Nath Kovind this evening.
  • During his tenure, he managed the power grid and bring reforms in the distribution sector which has been debt-laden for years. Power demand in the country touched an all-time high of 197. 06 GW on Tuesday. Besides, Singh also worked in the area of clean energy to boost capacity addition of renewables like solar and wind.
  • During his tenure, the solar power tariff dropped an to all-time low of Rs 1. 99 per unit. Similarly wind energy tariff has also come down to below Rs 3 per unit in auctions for projects in India during his tenure as New and Renewable Energy Minster.
  • Singh, who has been elected twice to Lok Sabha in 2014 and 2019 from Arrah in Bihar, had become Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power as well and New and Renewable Energy in September 2017.
  • He held the two ministries till May 2019. After his re-election to 17th Lok Sabha in May 2019, he retained the two portfolios. Besides he also got Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship as Minister of State. Before becoming a minister, bureaucrat turned politician Singh was a member of many Parliamentary committees. Singh had started off his career as an Indian Police Services (IPS) officer in 1974 and became Indian Administrative (IAS) officers in 1975.
  • He was District Magistrate, East Champaran from 1981 to 1983 and also District Magistrate, Patna from 1983 to 1985. He also served as Director and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence between 1991 to 1996. He was also Home Secretary, Government of Bihar, from 1997 to 1999.
  • He became Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, (2000 to 2005). He was Principal Secretary, Road Construction Department, Government of Bihar from 2006 to 2009. He was also Union Secretary Defence Production from 2009 to 2011. He also held the post of Union Home Secretary from 2011 to June 2013.
07:44 Jul 7

RCP Singh: saga of the meteoric rise of a Kurmi bureaucrat-turned-politician

  • Bureaucrat, politician and now minister, Ram Chandra Prasad Singh's meteoric rise began when he caught Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's attention. Hailing from Nalanda district and belonging to the Kurmi caste, RCP, as he is often known, took oath of office as Union Cabinet minister on Wednesday.
  • He entered Kumar's good books in the late 1990s when the then Samata Party leader was the Union Railway minister and the Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer was on a central deputation. Impressed by Singh's abilities, Kumar borrowed him from the UP cadre and appointed him as his principal secretary after becoming the chief minister of Bihar.
  • However, Kumar seemed to have bigger plans for the 63-year-old Singh, who made his political debut in 2010, getting elected to the Rajya Sabha on a JD(U) ticket after taking premature retirement from the civil service.
  • Though not seen as a mass leader, Singh was given the key party post of national general secretary (organization) which he held till his elevation as the national president earlier this year, when Kumar relinquished the top post.
  • Seen as a man of few words, the diminutive Singh demonstrated that he was in tune with what was going on in the mind of his boss when he stoutly defended the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, which was being vehemently opposed by the then JD(U) national vice president Prashant Kishor who was ultimately expelled.
  • The father of Lipi Singh, a young and dynamic Bihar cadre IPS officer who has won laurels for her crackdowns on some of the state's most dreaded criminals, RCP was understood to have been hopeful of his induction in the Union cabinet soon after the Lok Sabha polls of 2019. However, BJP, which was on cloud nine after securing a thumping majority on its own, insisted that all allies should settle for a "token representation".
  • This left Nitish Kumar slighted, and the wily politician declared that the JD(U) shall not join the government. The loss of trusted allies like Shiv Sena in recent past and the realisation that in the caste-dominated politics of Bihar, BJP cannot do without Nitish Kumar, forced BJP to finally give Singh and the JD(U) their honourable due.
07:43 Jul 7

Ajay Bhatt: Uttarakhand leader who led BJP to massive win in Assembly polls

  • Nainital MP Ajay Bhatt simultaneously held two important offices as the Uttarakhand BJP chief and the Leader of Opposition at the time of the previous Assembly polls, and piloted his party to a massive win of 57 of 70 seats. The Nainital MP, who was sworn in as a Union minister on Wednesday, has served the BJP successfully in several key positions in Uttarakhand over the years.
  • The former Ranikhet MLA helped the BJP overcome the formidable challenge of wresting power from the Congress in the 2017 polls. The 60-year-old Brahmin leader from Kumaon had a stroke of bad luck too as he himself could not retain his own seat.
  • However, Bhatt more than made up for the loss when he became an MP for the first time in the 2019 General Election, defeating seasoned Congress leader and former chief minister Harish Rawat in Nainital by 3,39,096 votes. It was the biggest margin with which any MP had won from the state that year and highly creditable given the fact that it was Bhatt's Lok Sabha poll debut made against a Congress heavyweight like Rawat.
  • Though aggressive as a Leader of Opposition, Bhatt's attacks in the Assembly were always couched in dignified language. He always came to the House fully prepared, armed with facts and figures and never faltered during debates.
  • Bhatt's name was among the probables for the chief minister's post in Uttarakhand whenever talks of a change of guard arose in the state. First, when Trivendra Singh Rawat was replaced by Tirath Singh Rawat and then more recently when Tirath was replaced by Pushkar Singh Dhami as the new chief minister. Born on May 1, 1961 at Ranikhet to Kamlapati Bhatt and Tulsi Devi, Ajay Bhatt lost his father at an early age and had a childhood full of struggle.
  • After getting a law degree from Almora College, he had a successful career as a lawyer. He joined the ABVP as a student and has been in active politics since 1980. Inspired by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Bhatt was actively associated with the Uttarakhand's struggle for statehood and the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
  • He won from Ranikhet for the first time in undivided Uttar Pradesh in 1996.
  • He also became a minister in the Interim government led by Nityanand Swamy in Uttarakhand when it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000. He represented Ranikhet in the Uttarakhand Assembly for two terms from 2002-2007 and then again from 2012-2017.
07:42 Jul 7

Meenakshi Lekhi: From BJP face in media to Union minister

  • A popular face of the BJP and a good orator, Meenakshi Lekhi has for long articulated and advocated the party's policies and programmes while taking on her political opponents before she found a place in the Union Council of Ministers.
  • Fifty-four-year-old Lekhi, who took oath as a Union Minister of State on Wednesday on her second term as the MP from the prestigious New Delhi constituency, has been at the forefront of struggles on a host of issues ranging from those pertaining to women and environment to law and development.
  • A law graduate of Delhi University, she has taken up various important issues such as permanent commission for women officers in the armed forces as a lawyer. It was her contempt petition that forced Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to tender an apology in 2019, for attributing his 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' jibe against the prime minister to the Supreme Court.
  • She was appointed vice president of the BJP's Mahila Morcha in 2010. Later, as a national spokesperson of the party, she articulated and advocated the party's policies and programmes in the media while taking on her political opponents.
  • As a parliamentarian, Lekhi was part of drafting committees of important Bills, including the Women Reservation Bill and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill. She has also served on different parliamentary panels, including the Standing Committee on External Affairs, Committee of Privileges, and General Purposes Committee.
  • She has served as chairperson of the Committee on Public Undertakings and the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. Her wide ranging interests involve her in social work as well as literary and cultural activities.
07:40 Jul 7

Bhupender Yadav: BJP's ever-dependable organisation man, parliamentarian in Cabinet now

  • Bhupender Yadav has long been the go-to person for the BJP top brass for handling a variety of challenges and issues, ranging from assembly polls and organisation matters in important states to directing the party's views in a number of parliamentary committees.
  • His entry to the Modi government as a Cabinet minister is seen as his just reward after serving as a party office-bearer for the longest term among all current occupants. The 51-year-old second-term Rajya Sabha MP, enjoys the image of a sober and non-controversial politician who deftly handles the issues on hand without drawing any negative attention, a trait which has acquitted him well with various party presidents ranging from Nitin Gadkari to Amit Shah and J P Nadda.
  • Yadav was considered a trusted general secretary of Shah, when he was the party president, and has been in charge of the BJP's affair in Bihar and Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah. He has also part of the party's brain trust to strategise for important state assembly polls and was often dubbed as the "committee man", as he once chaired around eight select committees and successfully persuaded all parties in building a consensus on many contentious bills.
  • From drafting resolutions at key party meetings to shaping its stand on legal challenges and presenting its views before the Election Commission, Yadav has always been the leaded in the thick of things. These included the GST Bill, Mines and Minerals Bill and Enemy Property Bill. The BJP general secretary was also chairman of the Joint Committee on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015.
  • Hailing from Rajasthan and lawyer by profession, Yadav had been associated with the Akhil Bhartiya Adhivakta Parishad, a lawyers' body affiliated to the RSS, and rose through the ranks. Prior to beginning his political career, he was an advocate in the Supreme Court and also served as government counsel for important commissions.
07:40 Jul 7

R K Ranjan: Manipur's erstwhile royal, academic, politician and now Union MoS

  • Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, who was sworn in as Union minister of state on Wednesday, is a member of an erstwhile royal clan in Manipur and has worked for unity among various tribes in his state.
  • R K Ranjan, as he is popularly known, was born on September 1, 1952 in the village of Kongba Makha Nandeibam Leikai in Manipur's Imphal East district.
  • The former academic and now politician is seen as a unifier. Son of the late Rajkumar Manisana Singh, he is married to Debala Devi.
  • After graduating from Dhana Manjuri College Imphal, he did his master's in Geography in 1972 from Guwahati University and later a PhD on 'problems of land-use' in Manipur. R K Ranjan hails from the Manipur royal clan which is still highly regarded in the state.
  • After teaching in colleges in Manipur, he joined Manipur University (MU) as an assistant professor in the department of Earth Sciences.
  • He was appointed registrar at MU and served from 2004 to 2008. In 2013, he joined the BJP and contested the Lok Sabha elections in the next very year. However, his debut was marked by defeat.
  • In 17th Lok Sabha elections held in 2019, he was elected as Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from inner Manipur parliamentary constituency on the BJP ticket.
  • He has been appointed member of several parliamentary committees, including the Standing Committee for Science and Technology, the Consultative Committee for DoNER and the Parliamentary Rules Committee.
07:39 Jul 7

S P Singh Baghel, B L Verma: Two prominent OBC faces from UP

  • S P Singh Baghel and B L Verma who made it to the Union council of ministers on Wednesday are two prominent OBC leaders from Uttar Pradesh.
  • A five-time MP, Satya Pal Singh Baghel currently represents Agra in the Lok Sabha as a BJP MP. A party-hopper, 61-year-old Baghel was a member of the Lok Sabha in 1998, 1999 and 2004 as a Samajwadi Party MP, representing the Jalesar seat in Uttar Pradesh.
  • After three terms as an MP, Baghel was suspended from the SP. He then unsuccessfully contested two Lok Sabha elections as a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
  • In 2014, Baghel was elected to the Rajya Sabha as a BSP nominee. Baghel became president of the BJP OBC Morcha in 2015 and two years later he became a BJP MLA from Tundla before getting elected to the Lok Sabha again, this time on a BJP ticket from Agra. This is his first stint as a central minister.
  • A member of the Rajya Sabha, 59-year-old B L Verma is an OBC leader who started off as an active party worker from Budaun in Uttar Pradesh.
  • He became UP BJP vice-president in 2018 and as a member of the upper house of Parliament, he is in the Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). A first-time Union minister, Verma was earlier president of the Braj region unit of the saffron party.
  • A prominent leader among the OBC communities, especially the Lodhi community in western UP, he is considered close to former chief minister Kalyan Singh.
  • At present, Verma holds the post of the chairman of UP State Construction and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, enjoying the rank and status of a minister of state.
07:35 Jul 7

Cabinet 2021: Five-time MP Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma gets ministerial berth

He got elected to the Lok Sabha five times--in 1996, 1998, 2004, 2014 and 2019--from the Jalaun constituency. In 2001, he became vice-president of the Uttar Pradesh BJP's SC Morcha and a decade later, he became its president. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

07:28 Jul 7

Cabinet rejig: How Pashupati Kumar Paras successfully led a coup d'etat against his nephew Chirag

Paras, who previously headed Lok Janshakti Party's Bihar unit and is currently the national president of its breakaway faction, began his innings in 1978 as a Janata Party MLA from Alauli in his native Khagaria district, a seat formerly represented by the late Ram Vilas Paswan. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

07:27 Jul 7

Anupriya Patel returns to council of ministers after two years

An MP from Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur, 40-year-old Patel belongs to the Kurmi community and had been a minister in the first government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

06:55 Jul 7

JDU celebrates over inclusion of Ramchandra Prasad Singh in Modi Cabinet

06:54 Jul 7

Cabinet 2021: Year post 'ghar wapsi', Jyotiraditya Scindia rewarded for giving Madhya Pradesh to BJP

Scindia (50) resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP in March 2020 and his move triggered a chain of events which finally culminated in the collapse of the Kamal Nath government just 15 months after its formation, paving the way for the saffron party to assume power which it lost towards the end of 2018. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

06:39 Jul 7

Cabinet reshuffle: Narayan Rane's journey from Shiv Sena 'shakha pramukh' to Union minister

Not known to mince words, the Maratha leader having pockets of influence in the coastal Konkan region, was picked by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray as chief minister when he decided to remove the genial Manohar Joshi ahead of the 1999 assembly elections. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

06:20 Jul 7

Scindia supporters celebrate his entry into Modi Cabinet

06:08 Jul 7

Narayan Rane first to take oath, another 42 in line

Narayan Rane begins the oath-taking proceedings. Sarbananda Sonowal, the man who made way for Himanta Biswa Sarma as Assam CM, is next. The list of how the swearing-in will continue is in the list we had shared earlier and are sharing once again:

1. Narayan Tatu Rane
2. Sarbananda Sonowal
3. Dr. Virendra Kumar
4. Jyotiraditya M Scindia
5. Ramchandra Prasad Singh
6. Ashwini Vaishnaw
7. Pashu Pati Kumar Paras
8. Kiren Rijiju
9. Raj Kumar Singh
10.Hardeep Singh Puri
11.Mansukh Mandaviya
12.Bhupender Yadav
13.Parshottam Rupala
14.G. Kishan Reddy
15.Anurag Singh Thakur
16.Pankaj Choudhary
17. Anupriya Singh Patel
18.Dr. Satya Pal Singh Baghel
19. Rajeev Chandrasekhar
20.Sushri Shobha Karandlaje
21.Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma
22.Darshana Vikram Jardosh23.Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi
24.Annapurna Devi
25.A. Narayanaswamy
26.Kaushal Kishore
27.Ajay Bhatt
28.B. L. Verma
29.Ajay Kumar
30.Chauhan Devusinh
31.Bhagwanth Khuba
32.Kapil Moreshwar Patil
33.Sushri Pratima Bhoumik
34.Dr. Subhas Sarkar
35.Dr. Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad
36.Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh
37.Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar
38.Bishweswar Tudu
39.Shantanu Thakur
40.Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai
41.John Barla
42.Dr. L. Murugan
43.Nisith Pramanik
 

06:05 Jul 7

WATCH | Swearing-in LIVE from Rashtrapati Bhavan

06:05 Jul 7

PM Modi arrives for swearing-in

06:03 Jul 7

Latest visuals from Rashtrapati Bhavan

05:34 Jul 7

12 ministers including Javadekar and Ravi Shankar Prasad resign

The President of India accepts the resignation of 12 members of the Council of Ministers including IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank and others, says the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

The list of ministers to have resigned:

1. Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda

2. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad

3. Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot

4. Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

5. Dr. Harsh Vardhan

6. Shri Prakash Javadekar

7. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar

8. Shri Babul Supriyo

9. Shri Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao

10. Shri Rattan Lal Kataria

11. Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi

12. Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri

05:28 Jul 7

Latest visuals from BJP chief's house

05:17 Jul 7

WATCH | PM Modi meets new members of his team

05:15 Jul 7

Kishan Reddy elevated as Cabinet minister

Reddy, fondly known as Kishananna, was elected as the Member of Parliament to 17th Lok Sabha in 2019, from Secunderabad Constituency. Reddy is also a 3-time MLA and BJP Floor Leader in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Assemblies. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

05:07 Jul 7

Cabinet reshuffle meant for distribution of the spoils of power: Congress

  • Ahead of a major reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers, the Congress on Wednesday said the exercise was not driven by performance or governance but meant for "distribution of the spoils of power" and "adjustment" of defectors.
  • Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said if the cabinet expansion was to be done on the basis of performance then the prime minister should have been the first one to be removed for his failures in providing governance. He also said the finance minister, home minister and the defence minister too should have been axed as they failed in their respective roles.
  • "The present cabinet expansion is not performance or governance driven, but is a distribution of spoils of power and defectors adjustment programme," he told reporters.
  • "Overall, this cabinet expansion is not a performance appraisal. It is only a means of serving the interests of their allies and not for the country. But when will there be an appraisal of PM Modi's performance who brought the nation to the brink of poverty after turning away from its responsibility in the Corona epidemic," he asked.
  • If performance and governance were the criteria then the first person to be sacked should be Modi as he has brought the government and the entire country to a standstill, he said.
  • "Progress and peace and harmony have been thrown into the dustbin of history and the present prime minister would be remembered as an autocrat, who decimated India's economy, who ensured India was pushed into an abyss of unemployment and who ensured that India's strength as the super power of the 21st century was grossly undermined," the Congress leader alleged.
  • Surjewala also said if performance and governance were the criteria, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman too should be sacked, citing their failures to tackle the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, the continued problems of naxalism and terrorism and rising cases of mob lynching, and the poor economic condition.
04:58 Jul 7

Hunt begins for new TN BJP president after L Murugan's elevation

With L Murugan set to assume office as Union Minister, the Tamil Nadu State unit will have a new president soon. The development comes on a day when the BJP demanded an explanation from EPS and OPS after an ex-minister said the AIADMK lost power in the state due to his party's pact with the saffron party.
 

04:57 Jul 7

Scindia leaves his residence ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

04:53 Jul 7

Duo with a dream run in the BJP

Two ministers taking the oath of office today are new members of the BJP who have been making waves every since they switched sides.

04:52 Jul 7

Sarbananda Sonowal leaves from his Delhi residence

04:41 Jul 7

Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge on Cabinet expansion

Several Dalits, backward caste members are being made ministers. They are doing it from the point of polls. This is being done to distract people. They are not doing this for welfare of communities but because of their compulsion: Mallikarjun Kharge

04:09 Jul 7

Who are the new faces in Modi's new cabinet?

03:40 Jul 7

New cabinet probables

Ministerial probables including BJP's Narayan Rane, Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ajay Bhatt, Bhupender Yadav, Shobha Karandlaje, Sunita Duggal, Meenakshi Lekhi, Bharati Pawar, Shantanu Thakur and Kapil Patil, JD(U)'s R C P Singh, LJP's Pashupati Paras and Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence on Wednesday morning.

03:39 Jul 7

Minister of State for Women and Child Development Ministry Debasree Chaudhuri also resigned from the Union Cabinet. 

03:37 Jul 7

Pokhriyal, Gangwar resign

Labour minister Santosh Gangwar has resigned from the Union Cabinet ahead of the scheduled Cabinet reshuffle this evening along with Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', the latter citing health reasons

03:36 Jul 7

DV Sadananda Gowda resigns as Union minister

Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday resigned from the Union Council of Ministers. Gowda confirmed his decision to step down. Besides being the chemicals and fertilizers minister in the Narendra Modi government, Gowda has also held portfolios like Railways, Law, Statistics and Programme Implementation.

03:35 Jul 7

Resignations ahead of cabinet reset

03:30 Jul 7

More 'professional' and 'youthful' cabinet

  • According to the sources, post expansion,"there will be 13 lawyers, six doctors, five engineers, and seven civil servants in total." 
  • There will be 14 ministers below the age of 50, and six will be in the cabinet.
03:16 Jul 7

Inclusivity in reshuffled cabinet

  • There will be 12 members from the SC community, including two in the cabinet; eight members will be from Scheduled tribes in the council of ministers out of which three will be in the cabinet.
  • After cabinet expansion, the Modi government is expected to have 27 OBC leaders out of which five will be in the cabinet.
03:15 Jul 7

Modi cabinet 2.0: Key features

  • To bring in the administrative and federal experience of governance, 39 former MLAs and four former Chief Ministers will be part of the expanded cabinet.
  • Leaders from minority communities will also find greater representation after rejig.

  • It is learned that one member each from Christian, Muslim, and Sikh communities and two Buddhists to be included.

  • There will also be five ministers from North East India in total.


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