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The third major Cabinet reshuffle in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), that came to power in 2014 after a landslide victory; this time before the all important General Elections in the year 2019, took place in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Sunday.

Nine new faces are inducted in PM Modi’s Cabinet. Four ministers — Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal — promoted for good work.

Former diplomat Hardeep Puri, former Union Home Secretary RK Singh, former bureaucrat KJ Alphons, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and five other new faces including MPs Ashwini Choubey from Bihar and Anant Kumar Hegde from Karnataka are inducted into the Union Council of Ministers in the expansion and reshuffle.

The others to be inducted are Shiv Pratap Shukla, a Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh, Virendra Kumar, a Scheduled Caste member of Lok Sabha from Madhya Pradesh and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, a Lok Sabha member from Rajasthan.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CABINET RESHUFFLE

01: 47 PM IST | KEY CHANGES IN THE CABINET RESHUFFLE:

  • Nirmala Sitharaman will be the next Defence Minister
  • Arun Jaitley will keep Finance Portfolio & Ministry of Corporate Affairs
  • Piyush Goyal to be the next Railway Minister
  • Hardeep Puri to be MoS Urban Development Ministry
  • Nitin Gadkari gets additional charge of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • Uma Bharti gets Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  • Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also gets Skill Development and Entrepreneurship ministry
  • Alphons Kannanthanam is MoS (Independent Charge) Ministry of Tourism and MoS Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
  • Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also gets Ministry of Mines
  • Rajyavardhan Rathore is now also Minister (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel will be MoS
  • RK Singh gets Ministry of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power & Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

01: 27 PM IST | 

Here is the complete list of the ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet:

Narendra Modi: Prime Minister and also in-charge of: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues.

CABINET MINISTERS

  1. Shri Raj Nath Singh: Minister of Home Affairs.
  2. Smt. Sushma Swaraj: Minister of External Affairs.
  3. Shri Arun Jaitley: Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
  4. Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Shipping; and Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  5. Shri Suresh Prabhu: Minister of Commerce and Industry.
  6. Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  7. Sushri Uma Bharati: Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  8. Shri Ramvilas Paswan: Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  9. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi: Minister of Women and Child Development.
  10. Shri Ananthkumar: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.
  11. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad: Minister of Law and Justice; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
  12. Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda: Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
  13. Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Minister of Civil Aviation.
  14. Shri Anant Geete: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  15. Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Minister of Food Processing Industries.
  16. Shri Narendra Singh Tomar: Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj; and Minister of Mines.
  17. Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh: Minister of Steel.
  18. Shri Jual Oram: Minister of Tribal Affairs.
  19. Shri Radha Mohan Singh: Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  20. Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  21. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani: Minister of Textiles; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
  22. Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Earth Sciences; and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  23. Shri Prakash Javadekar: Minister of Human Resource Development.
  24. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  25. Shri Piyush Goyal: Minister of Railways; and Minister of Coal.
  26. Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of Defence.
  27. Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minister of Minority Affairs.

MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)

  1. Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
  2. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  3. Shri Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).
  4. Dr. Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of Space.
  5. Dr. Mahesh Sharma: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  6. Shri Giriraj Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  7. Shri Manoj Sinha: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
  8. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  9. Shri Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  10. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  11. Shri Alphons Kannanthanam: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

MINISTERS OF STATE

  1. Shri Vijay Goel: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  2. Shri Radhakrishnan P: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping.
  3. Shri S.S. Ahluwalia: Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  4. Shri Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  5. Shri Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  6. Shri Vishnu Deo Sai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.
  7. Shri Ram Kripal Yadav: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.
  8. Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  9. Shri Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal.
  10. Shri Rajen Gohain: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
  11. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  12. Shri Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
  13. Shri Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  14. Shri Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  15. Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance.
  16. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  17. Shri Sudarshan Bhagat: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  18. Shri Upendra Kushwaha: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  19. Shri Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  20. Dr. Virendra Kumar: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  21. Shri Anantkumar Hegde: Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  22. Shri M. J. Akbar: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  23. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
  24. Shri Y. S. Chowdary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  25. Shri Jayant Sinha: Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  26. Shri Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  27. Shri Vijay Sampla: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  28. Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  29. Shri Ajay Tamta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles.
  30. Smt. Krishna Raj: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  31. Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
  32. Smt. Anupriya Patel: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  33. Shri C.R. Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  34. Shri P.P. Chaudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
  35. Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre: Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.
  36. Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  37. Dr. Satya Pal Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

01: 13 PM IST | MoS Commerce industry, Nirmala Sitharaman likely to get Defence Ministry: Sources

12: 41 PM IST | Sources say that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley might give away with Defence Ministry he was allocated after Manohar Parrikar left the portfolio to take charge as the Chief Minister of Goa following the Assembly elections in Goa.

12: 29 PM IST | Suresh Prabhu is likely to be given Power ministry

12: 13 PM IST | Upset over the reshuffle, BJP ally Shiv Sena today stayed absent from the oath-taking ceremony said that it was “not NDA reshuffle but BJP’s expansion.”

Speaking to the media, Sanjay Raut said, “This Cabinet reshuffle and the one before this were only BJP reshuffles not of NDA.”

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12: 12 PM IST | Senior Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, commenting on the cabinet reshuffle said that the government’s image already tarnished.

“Whatever changes they make, it’s tough to rebuild the image,” he said

12: 07 PM IST | Arun Jaitley likely to retain Defence portfolio along with the Finance Ministry. Piyush Goyal to take over Railways.

11: 50 AM IST | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expanded his council of ministers, elevating four to the Cabinet and inducting nine new faces as Ministers of State.

The PM also congratulated the 9 new faces and said, “I congratulate all those who have taken oath today. Their experience & wisdom will add immense value to the Council of Ministers.”

The new Cabinet ministers are Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

PM Modi will leave for China to attend the BRICKS summit.

11: 43 AM IST | Hinting that he has resigned, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu thanks “13 Lacs+ rail family for support, love, goodwill.”

In a Tweet, Prabhu said that he will always cherish these memories with me. “Wishing u all a great life,” he added.

He also wished “best wishes” to Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal for their new responsibilities.

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11: 35 AM IST | Commenting on PM Modi’s Cabinet reshuffle, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav hit out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying that he did not even get the invitation to attend the event by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).

“They didn’t even get invites (oath ceremony). One who leaves his people won’t be taken in by others. It’s Nitish Kumar’s fate,” says Lalu Yadav

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11: 05 AM IST | Swearing-in ceremony ends. Nine new faces are inducted in PM Modi’s Cabinet. Four ministers — Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal — promoted for good work.

11: 04 AM IST | Kannanthanam J Alphons takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

1979 batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre, Alphons became famous as Delhi’s Demolition Man when he headed the Delhi Development Authority, having cleared DDA areas of encroachment removing around 15,000 illegal buildings.

Kannanthanam set up NGO Janshakti in 1994, to get citizens to believe in their ability to make government accountable to people.

On retiring from the IAS, he contested Kerala assembly polls in 2006 to become an independent MLA from Kanjirappally.

11: 02 AM IST | Satya Pal Singh takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

A Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat and a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, he is a former IPS officer of the 1980 batch.

A Commissioner of Police of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, he helped dismantle organised crime syndicates in Mumbai in the 1990s.

10: 59 AM IST | Gajendra Singh Shekhawat takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

A Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, he is member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Chairperson of the Fellowship Committee.

A sports enthusiast, Shekhawat has participated at national inter-university basket ball tournaments and is President of Basketball India Players Association

10: 56 AM IST | Hardeep Puri takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

Hardeep Puri has been a Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador to Brazil and Britain and Permanent Representative of India to UN in Geneva.

He is President and Chairman of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) think tank and was Vice President of International Peace Institute, New York.

10: 55 AM IST | Raj Kumar Singh takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

Lok Sabha MP from Arrah, Bihar, Singh is a former Home Secretary.

An IAS officer of the 1975 batch, he has served in key positions like Defence Production Secretary and Joint Secretary, Home.

He is known for his contributions to schemes for police modernisation and prison modernisation and laying down a framework for Disaster Management.

10: 53 AM IST | Anantkumar Hegde takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

A Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada, he is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and Human Resource Development.

He is the Founder President of Kadamba, an NGO working in the field of rural development, rural health, SHGs, rural marketing and other rural welfare programmes.

10: 51 AM IST | Virendra Kumar takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

Virendra Kumar is a six-term Lok Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh.

He was also a part of the JP movement and went to jail for 16 months under MISA during the Emergency.

Hailing from the Scheduled Caste community, Kumar is said to have worked for removing barriers of caste and class and building orphanages, schools and old age homes.

10: 49 AM IST | Ashwini Kumar Choubey takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

Lok Sabha MP from Buxar, Bihar, Choubey is presently a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates and Standing Committee on Energy.

Choubey is credited with the slogan “Ghar – Ghar me ho Shauchalaya ka nirman, Tabhi hoga Ladli Bitiya ka Kanyadaan” and has helped construct 11,000 toilets for Mahadalit families.

10: 47 AM IST | Shiv Prakash Shukla takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

A Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, Shukla is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development. Elected to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly for four consecutive times in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1996,

10: 45 AM IST | Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi takes oath in Rashtrapati Bhawan

He is one of the prominent face representing the Muslim community in the council of ministers. He has also defended his party if fighting the perceptions following a series of mob attacks over beef by cow vigilantes. Naqvi is the vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.

10: 43 AM IST | Nirmala Sitharaman administered oath by President of India, Ram Nath Kovind

While India and China were in caught a lengthy stand-off at Doklam, Sitharaman travelled to China for BRICS meeting. She is also one of the main spokesperson for the BJP party. She is Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, as well as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance headed by Arun Jaitley.

10: 41 AM IST | Piyush Ved Prakash Goyal takes oath at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Apart from fulfilling BJP’s dream of electrifying villages, he has also boosted power production. He is currently serving as the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines. He is also a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and was earlier the National Treasurer of the BJP. Sources suggest that he is likely to be given the Railways portfolio.

Meanwhile, Suresh Parbhu is likely to get Defense or MEA as his new portfolio.

10: 40 AM IST | Dharmendra Pradhan takes oath as minister in PM Modi’s Cabinet. 

Dharmendra Debendra Pradhan a BJP leader and the current Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas in the PM Modi-led NDA Government. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in March 2012 from Bihar state. He is said to have pleased PM Modi by delivering on his ‘Give it up’ scheme for people to give up subsidised cooking gas or LPG voluntarily.

Apart from the elevation of these four ministers, around six were shown the door after failing to fulfil their designated duties.

10: 36 AM IST | President Ram Nath Kovind arrives. Oath-taking ceremony to being

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10: 32 AM IST | Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan for the swearing-in ceremony. The PM will leave for China to attend the BRICKS summit at 12 noon today, shortly after the Cabinet reshuffle.

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10: 23 AM IST | Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Suresh Prabhu reach Rashtrapati Bhawan. Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Nirmala Sitharaman and Dharmendra Pradhan at Rashtrapati Bhavan, oath taking ceremony to begin shortly.

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10: 17 AM IST | The final list of portfolios allocated to the newly inducted ministers is likely to be known by 11:30 AM

10: 08 AM IST | Top BJP senior leaders including party president Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley along with the 9 new faces to be inducted into PM Modi’s Cabinet have reached Rashtrapati Bhawan for the oath-taking ceremony that is going to start shortly.

Sources say that Uma Bharti who was asked to resign might be given another portfolio later. She is not present in Rashtrapati Bhawan today. Bharti is at an event in Varanasi.

10: 03 AM IST | 4 BJP leaders including Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman likely to be elevated: The ministers who are expected to be elevated to the cabinet ranks are Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal.

Apart from enjoying the faith and confidence of BJP President Amit Shah, the ministers are said to be rewarded for taking forward PM Modi’s schemes and fulfilling the dreams of many.

Apart from the elevation of these four ministers, around six were shown the door after failing to fulfil their designated duties.

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09: 51 AM IST | Unhappy over not being kept in the loop about the reshuffle, BJP ally Shiv Sena has decided to skip the oath taking ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan today.

09: 49 AM IST | Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has confirmed that the party has received no invitation from BJP as yet.

“I’ve not got any invitation to join PM Modi’s Cabinet. We have gotten information only from the media,” Nitish Kumar told media.

Earlier, another senior JD(U) had told media they had not received any communication from BJP.

“Our MPs are in Delhi. There was never any issue in the party over participating in the government but there has been no communication to us even though the reshuffle is tomorrow,” a senior JD(U) leader had said.

09: 38 AM IST | BJP President Amit Shah is also at meeting taking place at PM Modi’s residence in the capital. Sources say Piyush Goyal is likely to be inducted as the new Railway Minister. 

09: 25 AM IST | Here are names and brief profiles of new ministers:

Hardeep Singh Puri

Hardeep Puri has been a Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador to Brazil and Britain and Permanent Representative of India to UN in Geneva.

He has served as Chairman of the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Committee as well as the UN Security Council President.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

A Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, he is member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Chairperson of the Fellowship Committee. A tech-savvy farmer with a simple lifestyle, he is one of the most followed political leaders on Quora Q&A blogging sit).

A sports enthusiast, Shekhawat has participated at national inter-university basket ball tournaments and is President of Basketball India Players Association. He has an MA and MPhil in Philosophy from Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur.

Satya Pal Singh

A Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat and a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, he is a former IPS officer of the 1980 batch, and has been awarded Antrik Suraksha Sewa Padak and a Special Service Medal for extraordinary work in the Maoist areas of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in 1990.

A Commissioner of Police of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, he helped dismantle organised crime syndicates in Mumbai in the 1990s.

Kannanthanam J Alphons

1979 batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre, Alphons became famous as Delhi’s Demolition Man when he headed the Delhi Development Authority, having cleared DDA areas of encroachment removing around 15,000 illegal buildings. This got him listed in Time Magazine’s list of 100 Young Global Leaders in 1994.

Born in Manimala village in Kerala’s Kottayam district, he pioneered the literacy movement in India and as District Collector of Kottayam made it the first 100 percent literate town in India in 1989.

Shiv Pratap Shukla

A Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, Shukla is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development.

Elected to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly for four consecutive times in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1996, he was a state Cabinet Minister for eight years and is known for his work in fields of rural development, education and prison reform.

Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Lok Sabha MP from Buxar, Bihar, Choubey is presently a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates and Standing Committee on Energy.

Choubey has been elected for five consecutive terms to the Bihar Assembly and has held important portfolios including Health, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering as state minister for eight years.

Virendra Kumar

Virendra Kumar is a six-term Lok Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh. He is presently a Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, and has been Chairman of the Joint Committee on Office of Profit and Member of National Social Security Board.

During his stint in Parliament, he has been a Member of the Committees on Labour and Welfare, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Privileges, Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Anantkumar Hegde

A Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada, he is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and Human Resource Development.

Elected as an MP for the first time at the age of 28, he has been a member of the lower house for five terms.

He has been a member of multiple parliamentary standing committees and has also been a member of the Spices Board of India for four terms.

Raj Kumar Singh

Lok Sabha MP from Arrah, Bihar, Singh is a former Home Secretary. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Health and Family Welfare, Personnel, Pensions and Public Grievances and Law and Justice.

An IAS officer of the 1975 batch, he has served in key positions like Defence Production Secretary and Joint Secretary, Home.

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09: 14 AM IST | There is speculation that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may shed the additional charge of Defence he is holding now. Jaitley has been holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry after Manohar Parikkar left the portfolio to take charge as the Chief Minister of Goa.

The last Cabinet reshuffle took place in July last year, in which Modi inducted 19 new faces and elevated Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar to Cabinet rank. Five junior ministers were also dropped.

The size of the ministry at the moment is 73, including the Prime Minister. Of them 24 are of the Cabinet rank, 12 Ministers of State with independent charge while 36 are Ministers of State.

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09: 10 AM IST | Four ministers elevated along with the 9 new faces are meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi

09: 08 AM IST | Meanwhile, reacting to the news of reshuffle, BJP’s ally Shiv Sena slammed the Saffron Party for keeping them away with the development. Shiv Sena claimed that it was only through media that they came to know about it.

“Got to know about Cabinet reshuffle from media. Everyone worries about what happens at the centre but I care about Mumbai,” said Uddhav Thackeray.

Surprisingly, Nitish Kumar JD(U) — latest ally in Bihar — also seems to be missing out on the list of probables getting berths in the Cabinet reshuffle.  

09: 02 AM IST | In a tweet, President of India Ram Nath Kovind has informed that the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers of Union govt will take place at 10.30 AM today at Rashtrapati Bhavan. After the ceremony tehe President will leave for Gujarat for two days during which he will launch an irrigation project in the state’s Rajkot.

First Published | 3 September 2017 9:02 AM
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