New Delhi: Is the mantra of elevation lying
in a lucky room in the Home Ministry?
Three Ministers of State who have occupied it have been
subsequently promoted in the last two years.
The `lucky` room, located on the borderline of the
Ministries of Home and Finance in the North Block, was the
office of Sriprakash Jaiswal in UPA-I as Minister of State for
In UPA-II, he was first elevated to the rank of Minister
of State with independent charge for Coal and early this year
a full Cabinet Minister of the same Ministry.
Ajay Maken joined the UPA-II as Minister of State for
Home and it was the same room number 127 which was his office.
In January 2011, Maken was elevated and made the Minister
of State with independent charge for Sports and Youth Affairs.
Interestingly, it was Maken who was instrumental in
giving a re-look to the beautiful room, reviving old paintings
which adorn the walls and dome of the spacious enclosure.
In January, Gurudas Kamat was made Minister of State
for Home and he started functioning out of this very `special
In today`s reshuffle, Kamat has been promoted as Minister
of State with Independent charge for Drinking Water and
It has to be wait and seen whether the new Minister of
State for Home Jitendra Singh will occupy the same room and
get an elevation in the future.