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 Home.
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 room.' In today's reshuffle, Kamat has been promoted as Minister of State with Independent charge for Drinking Water and Sanitation.
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.