Cabinet expansion: Meet PM Narendra Modi's new ministers

Putting an end to all speculations over induction of new faces in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet, 21 ministers on Sunday took oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan's Durbar hall.

New Delhi: Putting an end to all speculations over induction of new faces in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet, 21 ministers on Sunday took oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan's Durbar hall.

Here's a brief about those inducted in the Cabinet.

Manohar Parrikar (Cabinet post): The 10th chief minister of Goa, 58-year-old Parrikar is an IIT graduate who joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age. Under his leadership BJP had a clean sweep in Goa by winning 21 seats out of 40 seats in March 2012 Assembly elections. He also secured both Lok Sabha seats for the party in May 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

JP Nadda (Cabinet post): 53-year-old Nadda is also a Rajya Sabha member from Himachal Pradesh. He stepped into politics during Bihar movement. He has the experience of handling the Environment and Forest Ministry in Himachal Pradesh and was also a part of many delegation to Canada, Costa Rica, Greece, UK and Turkey for exchange of knowledge and process sharing.

Birender Singh (Cabinet post): 68-year-old Birender Singh is an influential leader in Haryana. After serving the Congress for over 42 years, Singh joined the BJP in August this year during a political rally organised in Jind by Amit Shah. In his political career he has been entrusted with key profiles. His entry into BJP could bring in Jat votes in Haryana.

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu (Cabinet post): Suresh Prabhu, who resigned from Shiv Sena and joined BJP today, is an Indian Charted Accountant. The 61-year-old has represented the Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra four times, from 1996 to 2009. During Atal Bihar Vajpayee's tenure, he served as Industry Minister, Minister of Environment and Forests, Minister of Fertilisers & Chemicals, Power, Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises at various intervals.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: The Muslim face of the BJP, 57-year-old Naqvi served the party by holding the post of its national vice-president. Naqvi studied at Allahabad University and was jailed for activism during the Emergency imposed by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1975–77. He is also a member of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy (MOS, Independent Charge) : 52-year-old commercial pilot, Rudy defeated former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi from Saran constituency in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He also served as the Minister of State for Commerce, Trade & Industry and Civil Aviation Minister with independent charge during Vajpayee's government.

Dr Mahesh Sharma (MOS, Independent Charge) : 55-year-old BJP MP from Gautam Buddha Nagar, Sharma is a doctor by profession and also the owner of Kailash Group of Hospitals. He has served as BJP's medical cell convenor. His induction in Cabinet is seen as BJP's strategy to win 2017 UP elections.

Ram Kripal Yadav: Known for his separation from RJD, 57-year-old Yadav is an MP from Bihar's Patliputra LS seat. He had defeated RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti. His induction in Modi's Cabinet could prove beneficial during Bihar elections.

Sanwar Lal Jat: Known to be quite close to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Sanwar Lal has been a minister in state for three times. In 2014 LS elections, he defeated Congress leader Sachin Pilot from Ajmer constituency with heavy margin.

Mohan Kundariya: 63-year-old first time BJP MP from Rajkot, Kundariya is the only representative of Patel community in Modi's Cabinet.

Giriraj Singh: Former minister in Bihar cabinet during Nitish Kumar's regime, Singh is an outspoken BJP leader. He won Nawada Lok Sabha constituency with good margin and also has a good hold on Bhumihar votebank. He is considered quite close to PM Modi.

Ram Shankar: Born in Uttra Pradesh's Etawah district, 50-year-old Shankar was a professor before stepping into politics. He could prove an advantage for the BJP to woo Dalit voters in 2017 UP elections.

Other ministers inducted are: Haribhai Chowdhary, Hansraj Ahir, YS Chowdhary, Jayant Sinha, Rajvardhan Singh Rathore, Babul Supriyo, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Vijay Sampla, Bandaru Dattatreya (MOS, Independent Charge).


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