Prime Minister Narendra Modi will expand his council of ministers on Sunday; an exercise that is expected to make the Cabinet more representative socially, streamline work distribution, and balance power equations — both within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and with allies.
In the first major expansion of the Cabinet, Mr. Modi will include several new faces and reshuffle a couple of ministers to give wider State-wise representation.
Here is the list of ministers expected to be sworn-in today:
Manohar Parrikar He is the first IITian to become the Chief Minister of any Indian state. Mr. Parrikar said that he had decided to accept the offer of Union Cabinet seat as a matter of “national interest” although he also said that he was extremely attached to Goa.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is BJP’s prominent Muslim face and is a vice-president of the party. He is also the party’s youth wing president. In 1998 he was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and was also given responsibility over the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
Bandaru Dattatreya He is a former Union Minister for Railways and was appointed as chairman of parliamentary committee on OBC welfare. He was re-elected to 16th lok Sabha from Secunderabad Constituency. He was the president of the Telangana of the BJP.
Prakash Javdekar He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2008. He was instrumental in lodging complaint against alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks during the UPA regime. A former banker, he was previously a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council for two terms.
Nirmala Sitharaman Born in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, Ms. Sitharaman was previously the national spokesperson for the BJP. She was a former member of the National Commission for Women. She currently serves as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Commerce & Industry, as well as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs which fall under the Ministry of Finance.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy He is the BJP MP from Saran constituency in Bihar. He is also the general secretary of the BJP. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections Mr. Rudy defeated former Bihar CM Rabri Devi.
Anil Desai The Rajya Sabha member is believed to be one of the trusted aides of Uddhav Thackeray.The BJP and the Shiv Sena appeared to have resolved their differences with the latter deciding to nominate Mr. Desai to be included in the Union Cabinet.
Y.S. Chowdary A first-time Rajya Sabha member, Mr. Chowdary is the second MP from the Telugu Desam Party, to be inducted into the Cabinet, the first being Union Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok
Gajapathi Raju, who represents the Vizianagaram constituency. He is popularly known as ‘Sujana’ Chowdary for founding the Sujana group of industries which manufactures home appliances.
Babul Supriyo He is a popular singer and BJP MP from West Bengal’s Asansol seat. He will be the first Minster from West Bengal in the National Democratic Alliance government.
Ram Kripal Yadav The BJP Patliputra MP will be the party’s “Yadav” face in next year’s Assembly elections, challenging his erstwhile leader and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad.
J.P. Nadda He is the Rajya Sabha member from Himachal Pradesh and is also the national general secretary of the BJP. He also served as the President of Olympic Association, Himachal Pradesh from 2008 to 2012.
Anurag Thakur He is the Lok Sabha member from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh. He is currently the joint secretary of BCCI. Mr Thakur is known for making Himachal Pradesh capable of holding international standards cricket in the state. He is the son of Prem Kumar Dhumal, former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.
Jayant Sinha He is the Lok Sabha MP from Hazaribagh constituency, Jharkhand. Mr Sinha, son of Yashwant Sinha was an investment professional and an alumunus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and Harvard Business School. At McKinsey, Mr. Sinha co-led the global Software and IT Services practice.
Birendra Singh He is a Jat leader from Haryana. In August, Birendra Singh ended his four-decade-long association with the Congress and joined the BJP. Mr. Singh is one of the many Congress leader to have shifted their loyalties to the BJP in the recent months.
Ramdas Athavale The president of the RPI (A), was promised a Cabinet berth when the party entered into an alliance with the BJP for the Lok Sabha election. He represents the Pandharpur constituency of Maharashtra.
Hansraj Gangaram Ahir He is an MP from Maharashtra who is credited with uncovering the coal block scam.
Giriraj Singh A senior party leader who recently stoked controversy with his speeches during the election campaign wherein he said that those who opposed Modi belong in Pakistan. The statement drew flak from the Opposition parties and Election Commission. The BJP distanced itself from Mr Singh’s remarks.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore He is a first time MP from Jaipur Rural and also an Olympian shooter. He is a recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards.
Vijay Sampla He is a BJP MP from Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha constituency.
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