Modi ministry gets a new look: Here is a list of ministers sworn in

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today carried out a major expansion of his Council of Ministers, inducting 19 new faces, including several dalit and OBC leaders as well as from poll-bound states like UP.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2016 15:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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19 new faces were inducted into the NDA government’s council of ministers.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today carried out a major expansion of his Council of Ministers, inducting 19 new faces, including several dalit and OBC leaders as well as from poll-bound states like UP.

Prakash Javadekar, who held the independent charge of environment, was the lone minister promoted to the cabinet rank while all new inductees took oath as ministers of state.

Here’s a list of all the ministers sworn in on Tuesday.

Elevated to Cabinet Rank

Prakash Javadekar
Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister

Javadekar was part of the Council of Ministers even when he was not an MP and was given the charge of three key departments.

New Faces Inducted

Ajay Tamta
MP, Almora

Ajay Tamta is a member of Parliament from Almora in Uttarakhand. He belongs to the Dalit community
Anupriya Patel
MP, Mirzapur | Apna Dal

Anupriya Patel is the daughter of Sonelal Patel, the founder of Apna Dal. She has a masters degree in psychology and an MBA
Arjun Ram Meghwal
MP, Bikaner

BJP’s chief whip in Lok Sabha, he cycled to Parliament when Delhi imposed traffic rationing measures to check air pollution
Krishna Raj
MP, Shahjahanpur

Raj is a Dalit leader from the Pasi community, the dominant section among the Dalits in UP and a two-time legislator.
Mahendra Pandey
MP, Chandauli

Mahendra Nath Pandey holds a masters degree and a PhD in Hindi. He has adopted a village in Chandauli’s Jharkhor Kalan
Parshottam Rupala
Rajya Sabha MP, Gujarat

Influential Patel leader from Saurashtra, Rupala is a national VP of the BJP and often talked about as a CM candidate in Gujarat
Ramdas Athawale
Rajya Sabha MP, Maharashtra | Republican Party of India

A Dalit leader in Maharashtra, he was an ally of the Congress and the NCP before partnering with the Shiv Sena-BJP in 2012
SS Ahluwalia
MP, Darjeeling

SS Ahluwalia has previously held the posts of MoS for urban development and minister for parliamentary affairs at the Centre.
Vijay Goel
Rajya Sabha MP, Rajasthan

Vijay Goel a veteran BJP leader from Delhi had held multiple portfolios as Union Minister in the Vajpayee Government.
CR Choudhary
MP, Nagaur

An experienced public administrator Choudhary entered active politics in 2014 and was elected from Nagaur.
MJ Akbar
Rajya Sabha MP, Jharkhand

Senior journalist and author, Akbar is currently the BJP’s national spokesperson and was recently elected to the RS.
Anil Madhav Dave
Rajya Sabha MP, Madhya Pradesh

Anil Dave was a hailed as the architect of BJP’s victories Madhya Pradesh in both the 2003 and 2013 assembly polls.
Faggan Singh Kulaste
MP, Mandla

BJP’s tribal face in Parliament, Kulaste is the President of the party’s schedule tribe wing.
Mansukh Mandaviya
Rajya Sabha MP, Gujarat

Mandaviya has been credited with damage control during the Patidar reservation stir may get a berth in the cabinet
Jaswantsinh Bhabhor
MP, Dahod

ST leader from Dahod district had earlier served as the Minister of State (MOS), while Modi was Gujarat CM.
Subhash Bhamre
MP, Dhule

BJP’s Bhamre is a practicing medical doctor and a member of the health and family planning committee of Lok Sabha.
Ramesh Jigajinagi
MP, Bijapur

The dalit leader was elected thrice to the Karnataka Assembly and held home, excise, social welfare and revenue portfolios.
Rajen Gohain
MP, Nowgong

BJP’s Rajen Gohain is Lok Sabha MP from the Nowgong constituency in Assam. He has held the seat since 1999.
PP Chaudhary
MP, Pali

SC lawyer Choudhary is a member of the committee on Subordinate Legislation and Standing Committee on Personnel.

First Published: Jul 05, 2016 15:04 IST