Modi inducts 19 ministers in cabinet, sacks five

Cabinet expansion takes place ahead of crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly polls

GN Bureau | July 5, 2016


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PM Narendra Modi meeting the newly inducted ministers in Delhi on July 5
(Photo: PIB)

Prime minister Narendra Modi expanded his cabinet with 19 new ministers of states who were inducted into the union council of ministers on Tuesday. The new ministers took oath at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar was elevated to a cabinet rank. However, five ministers –  Nihalchand, Ram Shankar Katheria, Sanwar Lal Jat, Manuskhbhai D Vasva and M K Kundariya – were dropped.
 
The new ministers of state are SS Ahluwalia, MJ Akbar, Vijay Goel, Ramesh Chandappa Jigjinagi, Parshottam Rupala,, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Anil Madhav Dave, Rajen Gohain, Mahendra Nath Pandey, CR Chaudhary, PP Chaudhary, Ramdas Athawale, Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, Jasvant Sinh Bhabhor, Mansukh Mandaviya, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Ajay Tamta, Anupriya Singh Patel, and Krishna Raj.

Three news faces introduced into the council of ministers are from Uttar Pradesh. Three MPs Mahendra Nath Pandey, Krishna Raj and Anupriya Patel have been inducted into the cabinet from the poll-bound state. Induction of Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel could be one step towards balancing OBC caste equation in the state.

Out of these, five are Dalit ministers, two are from the OBC community and three from scheduled tribes category.
 
 

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