Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his council of ministers on Tuesday with the induction of 19 new faces and a promotion for Prakash Javadekar.
Those inducted in the second reshuffle since the National Democratic Alliance government came to power in May 2014, got the rank of minister of state. Five ministers got the boot.
Javadekar was elevated to the status of a cabinet minister. He was holding the portfolio of the Union minister of state (independent charge) for environment, forests and climate change.
A pep talk session is scheduled after the swearing-in of the new ministers at Rashtrapati Bhawan, where the function began at 11am. Modi meets them at a cabinet meeting in the afternoon.
3:00 pm: Newly inducted ministers arrived at PMO to meet PM Narendra Modi.
2:30 pm: Newly inducted ministers arrived at PMO to meet PM Narendra Modi.
1: 50 pm: “All the new faces are from the BJP, and not NDA. This is PM’s decision,” ANI quoted Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut as saying.
1: 00 pm: Finance minister Arun Jaitley congratulated the new ministers.
I congratulate & welcome my colleagues inducted in the Union Council of Ministers today. I wish them the very best for the new assignment.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) July 5, 2016
12:45 pm: Subhash Bhamre told ANI that his priority will be the welfare of farmers, women’s empowerment and employmnt generation for the youth.
12: 40 pm:
Council of Mins is a team for the PM. The new team with its new members will prove its mettle: Narendra Singh Tomar pic.twitter.com/gga70pvNuh— ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2016
12: 25 pm: BJP’s Anil Dave said he will work to serve the people in the best way. “The PM trusted us, gave this great opportunity”. And in Bhopal, his supporters celebrated in style.
12:15 pm: A look at the ministers who got the boot
1) Ram Shankar Katheria (MoS HRD)
2) Mansukh Bhai Vasava (MoS tribal affairs)
3) Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya (MoS agriculture)
4) Nihalchand (MoS panchayati raj)
5) Sanwar Lal Jat (MoS water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation)
12:10 pm: Five ministers were dropped in the reshuffle of the Narendra Modi ministry.
11: 50 am: All new ministers were sworn in by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Vice President Hamid Ansari, a galaxy of Union ministers, including Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Smriti Irani. BJP chief Amit Shah was also there.
11:42 am: Subhash Bhamre (Dhule MP from Maharashtra) took oath.
11:40 am: PP Chaudhary ( Pali MP from Rajasthan) sworn in.
11:38 am: Chhotu Ram Chaudhary sworn in as a minister of state. He is the Lok Sabha MP from Nagaur, Rajasthan.
11:36 am: Anupriya Patel (Mirzapur MP from Uttar Pradesh) took oath as a minister of state. She is the daughter of Sonelal Patel, the founder of Apna Dal.She has a masters degree in psychology and an MBA.
11:35 am: Mansukhbhai Mandavia (Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat) took oath as a minister of state.
11:33 am: Krishna Raj, a Dalit leader from Uttar Pradesh and the Shahjahanpur MP, sworn in as a minister of state.
11:31 am: Ajay Tamta (Almora MP from Uttarakhand) sworn in as a minister of state.
11:30 am: Mahendra Nath Pandey (Chandauli MP from Uttar Pradesh) took oath.
11:28 am: Jasvantsinh Bhabhor (Dahod MP from Gujarat) took oath.
11:26 am: Arjun Ram Meghwal (Bikaner MP from Rajsthan) took oath as a minister of state.
11:25 am: MJ Akbar (Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh) took oath as a minister of state.
11:23 am: Parshottam Rupala (Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat) sworn in as a minister of state.
11:21 am: Anil Madhav Dave (Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh) sworn in.
11:19 am: Rajen Gohain (Nowgong MP from Assam) took oath as a minister of state.
11:17 am: Maharashtra’s Ramdas Athawale of the RPI took oath.
11:15 am: Vijay Goel (Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan) sworn in as a minister of state.
11:13 am: Ramesh Jigajinagi Chandappa, the Bijapur MP from Karnataka, takes oath.
11:11 am: SS Ahluwalia (Darjeeling MP from West Bengal) took oath as a minister at the President’s House.
11:09 am: Faggan Singh Kulaste (Mandla MP from Madhya Pradesh) made minister of state.
11:05 am: Prakash Javadekar took oath as a cabinet minister. A Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh, he was the Union minister of state (independent charge) for environment, forests and climate change.
11:00 am: The event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan began.
10:50 am: Well, Arjun Ram Meghwal, the MP from Bikaner in Rajasthan, was on track for the oath-taking ceremony. And how...
10: 30 am: Shiv Sena MP and Union minister Anant Geete to attend the oath-taking ceremony of newly inducted ministers.
10:11 am: Ramdas Athawale, the Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra, said he was proud to fulfil BR Ambedkar’s dream of upliftment of Dalits and the poor.
9:36 am: P Rupala, Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, told ANI that he will be inducted in the cabinet for the first time under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It is a matter of pride an honour,” he said.
9:35 am: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will not be able to attend the event.
I am unable to attend the swearing in ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan since I have a meeting with Foreign Minister of Hungary. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 5, 2016
.....And she told the media houses
Media - Pl avoid the headline : 'Sushma skips Oath Ceremony'.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 5, 2016
9:30am:Our priority will be to work for the people and address key issues related to farmers, said FS Kulaste, the BJP MP from Mandla in Madhya Pradesh.
9am: The leaders have already begun reacting. Krishna Raj, a BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh and a Dalit leader, told ANI that she will try to fulfil the responsibility given to her. She is likely to be inducted into the cabinet.
(With agency inputs)