Modi 3.0: Representation from across states, sections, and classes

Among the most notable inductions are Suresh Gopi and George Kurian from Left-ruled Kerala, where the BJP managed to open its account this time.
President Droupadi Murmu with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders at the swearing-in ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Sunday, June 9, 2024.
President Droupadi Murmu with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders at the swearing-in ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Sunday, June 9, 2024.Photo | PTI

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new cabinet reflects a pan-India presence as it has representation from across 24 states and Union territories. The ministers belong to various sections, classes, and backgrounds.

Though the BJP did not fare well in Uttar Pradesh, the representation of ministers from this state is at 9 – higher than other states and UTs. Bihar has 8 ministers, Maharashtra and Gujaraat have 6 ministers each, while Karnataka has 5.

As assembly elections in Bihar is in 2025 and BJP with JDU and other local allies is aiming to win big in assembly elections, the state was given 8 ministers spread across its allies JDU, LJP and HAM.

Out of the 72 ministers inducted in the cabinet, 43 ministers have more than 3 terms in the ministry while 39 are with past ministerial experiences. Thirty-four have already served in state legislatures. Notably, 23 ministers inducted in the third term cabinet of Modi government have experience in working as ministers in states and 27 are from OBC, 10 from Scheduled Castes, and five from Scheduled Tribes.

Among the most notable inductions are Suresh Gopi and George Kurian from Left-ruled Kerala, where the BJP managed to open its account this time.

Also, ministerial berths have been given to 5 MPs from various minority communities. This time, the cabinet has more experienced politicians as ministers than the NDA’s first and second terms. With a target of making India the world’s third largest economy in next five years, PM Modi has five former chief ministers— Jitan Ram Manjhi from Bihar, H D Kumaraswami from Karnataka, Shivraj Singh Chauhan from Madhya Pradesh, Manohar Lal Khattar from Haryana, and Sarbananda Sonowal from Assam.

The Modi 3.0 cabinet will have seven women ministers, including two in the Cabinet role. The new ministers inducted into the council of ministers are former Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman; BJP MPs Annpurna Devi, Shobha Karandlaje, Raksha Khadse, Savitri Thakur, and Nimuben Bambhaniya; and Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel.

There were 10 women ministers in the previous council of ministers, which was dissolved on June 5.

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