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Manmohan Singh's 78-member council of ministers finalised

india Updated: May 27, 2009 17:54 IST

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's new government took shape on Wednesday with a 78-member council of ministers, including 33 cabinet ministers and 45 ministers of state, being named after three days of intense negotiations.

The new government's 78-strong council of ministers makes place for 19 allies of the second United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government - seven each from the DMK and the Trinamool Congress, three from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and one each from the Muslim League and the National Conference.

The outgoing government also had 78 ministers, with 23 allies.

While 19 cabinet ministers, including Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and NCP's Sharad Pawar, had been sworn in last week Friday, 14 more will take oath Thursday morning along with 45 ministers of state, seven of whom will hold independent charge.

The new cabinet ministers include three former chief ministers - Virbhadra Singh (Himachal Pradesh), Vilasrao Deshmukh (Maharashtra) and Farooq Abdullah (Jammu and Kashmir). Three leaders from the DMK, the Congress' ally in Tamil Nadu, also find place - Dayanidhi Maran, M.K. Azhagari and A. Raja.

The others are the Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge, Kumari Selja, Subodh Kant Sahay, M.S. Gill, G.K. Vasan, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Mukul Wasnik and Kantilal Bhuria.

The ministers of state with independent charge are the NCP's Praful Patel and the Congress' Prithviraj Chavan, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Salman Khurshid, Jairam Ramesh, Krishna Tirath and Dinsha Patel.

The 38 other ministers of state are E. Ahamed, V. Narayanasamy, Srikant Jena, Mullappally Ramachandran, D. Purandeswari, Panabaka Lakshmi, Ajay Maken, K.H. Muniyappa, Namo Narain Meena, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasad, A. Sai Prathap, Gurudas Kamat, M.M. Pallam Raju, Mahadev Khandela, Harish Rawat, K.V. Thomas, Saugata Ray, Dinesh Trivedi, Sisir Adhikari, Sultan Ahmed, Mukul Roy, Mohan Jatua, S.S. Palanimanickam, D. Napoleon, S. Jagathrakshakan, S. Gandhiselvan, Preneet Kaur, Sachin Pilot, Shashi Tharoor, Bharatsinh Solanki, Tusharbhai Chaudhary, Arun Yadav, Prateek Prakashbapu Patil, R.P.N. Singh, Vincent Pala, Pradeep Jain and Agatha Sangma.

Of these, E. Ahamed is from the Muslim League; the Trinamool Congress is represented by Saugata Ray, Dinesh Trivedi, Sisir Adhikari, Sultan Ahmed, Mukul Roy and Mohan Jatua; the DMK's four-member brigade comprises S.S. Palanimanickam, D. Napoleon, S. Jagathrakshakan, and S. Gandhiselvan; the NCP's lone member is Agatha Sangma.

The notable omissions in the list of cabinet ministers are H.R. Bhardwaj, Shivraj Patil, Arjun Singh, Sis Ram Ola and P.R. Kyndiah.

In the last council of ministers, there were 30 cabinet ministers, including eight allies; ministers of state with independent charge comprised seven from the Congress and one from the NCP; besides, there were 26 Congress leaders and 14 from the various allies amongst the 40 ministers of state.

List of Council Of Ministers
Cabinet Ministers
Ministers of State with Independent Charge

Ministers of State

1. Shri Virbhadra Singh
2. Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh
3. Dr. Farooq Abdullah
4. Shri Dayanidhi Maran
5. Shri A Raja
6. Shri Mallikarjun Kharge
7. Kumari Selja
8. Shri Subodh Kant Sahay
9. Dr M S Gill
10. Shri G K Vasan
11. Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal
12. Shri Mukul Wasnik
13. Shri Kantilal Bhuria
14. Shri M K Azhagiri
1. Shri Praful Patel
2. Shri Prithviraj Chauhan
3. Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal
4. Shri Salman Khursheed
5. Shri Dinsha Patel
6. Shri Jairam Ramesh
7. Smt Krishna Tirath
1. Shri E Ahamed
2. Shri V Narayanasamy
3. Shri Srikant Jena
4. Shri Mullappally Ramachandran
5. Smt D Purandeswari
6. Smt Panabaka Lakshmi
7. Shri Ajay Maken
8. Shri K H Muniyappa
9. Shri Namo Narain Meena
10. Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia
11. Shri Jitin Prasad
12. Shri A Sai Prathap
13. Shri Gurudas Kamat
14. Shri M M Pallam Raju
15. Shri Mahadev Khandela
16. Shri Harish Rawat
17. Professor K V Thomas
18. Shri Saugata Ray
19. Shri Dinesh Trivedi
20. Shri Sisir Adhikari
21. Shri Sultan Ahmed
22. Shri Mukul Roy
23. Shri Mohan Jatua
24. Shri S S Palanimanickam
25. Shri D Napoleon
26. Dr. S Jagathrakshakan
27. Shri S Gandhiselvan
28. Smt Preneet Kaur
29. Shri Sachin Pilot
30. Shri Shashi Tharoor
31. Shri Bharatsinh Solanki
32. Shri Tusharbhai Chaudhary
33. Shri Arun Yadav
34. Shri Prateek Prakashbapu Patil
35. Shri R P N Singh
36. Shri Vincent Pala
37. Shri Pradeep Jain
38. Ms. Agatha Sangma