Modi ministry expanded; Praful Patel replaces Amit Shah

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers was on Saturday expanded with the induction of four new ministers and first-time MLA Praful Patel replaced Amit Shah as Minister of State for Home.

Patel, who was elected from Himmatnagar constituency of North Gujarat in the 2007 Assembly election, has been given the responsibility of Home, Police Housing, Border Security, Civil Defence, Home Guards, Gram Rakshak Dal, Jail, Prohibition and Excise. Modi is the cabinet minister of Home.

Other three new ministers included in the ministry are Kanu Bhalala, Vasuben Trivedi and Pradipsinh Jadeja.

Bhalala has been made minister of state for Agriculture and Water Resources (excluding Kalpsar), while Trivedi, the second woman minister in the Modi ministry, has been given Higher and Technical Education and Women and Child Development portfolios.

Jadeja has been allocated Law and Judiciary, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs portfolios.

Governor Kamla administered oath of office to the four Ministers of State at a function at the Raj Bhawan here, taking the strength of the Ministry to 21.

The strength of Modi's ministry had come down to 17 following resignations of Amit Shah and Maya Kodnani who were arrested in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case and Naroda Patiya riot case of 2002 respectively.