Narendra Modi Cabinet reshuffle, expansion: With eyes on 2019 General Elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to induct new members in his Cabinet today to deliver the promises BJP had made to people of India in 2014. Reports on Saturday said the new Cabinet ministers will be sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind at around 10 am today. PTI reported PM Modi will induct nine new faces in the Union Cabinet. These include Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Shiv Paratap Shukla, Virendra Kumar, Anantkumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Satya Pal Singh, and Alphons Kannanthanam. It may be possible that these nine names will be inducted in the new-look Union Cabinet today. However, until the final names are officially announced, we can’t be sure if PTI reported it right, for PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are fond of surprising everyone.
10:05 AM Modi Cabinet Reshuffle Live: Stage set for swearing in of 13 ministers; 10:30 AM is the time; watch live here
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9:58 AM: 13 ministers are likely to take oath, according to ABP news
9:57 AM: Thrilled, I was not expecting this.Great surprise: KJ Alphons, BJP
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9:30 AM: BJP leader Hardeep Singh Puri says that he is grateful to the PM for making him a part of his team.
9:13 am: Piyush Goyal likely to be the new Railways Minister, according to a report in Times Now.
9:10 am: WATCH VIDEO: Take a look at how many ministers hail from the state of Uttar Pradesh:
9:07 am: Nirmala Sitharaman, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi set to be promoted to cabinet rank, reports Times Now.
9:03 am: BJP President Amit Shah has reached PM Narendra Modi’s residence ahead of the swearing in ceremony of the Union Council ministers.
8:58 am: Ahead of Cabinet reshuffle: ” Our National President had already made it clear, so no question of me or anyone from JDU joining cabinet, says VN Singh, JDU
8:49 am: Ahead of PM Narendra Modi Cabinet rejig, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal get call for elevation, according to CNN News 18
8:45 am: Ahead of the swearing in ceremony, new ministers leave for PM Narendra Modi’s residence.
8:42 am: BJP President Amit Shah has left for the breakfast meet ahead of the swearing in ceremony of the selected cabinet ministers.
8:39 am: ‘I thank the PM Narendra Modi for expressing confidence in my ability. Portfolio has not been decided yet, ‘ says RK Singh ahead of cabinet reshuffle.
8:34 am: Another name which surfaced ahead of the cabinet reshuffle is Satya Pal Singh who is a Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. The 1980 batch, Maharashtra cadre, retired IAS officer is a former Mumbai police chief. He is one of the nine new faces inducted by Narendra Modi government.
8:29 am: Cabinet reshuffle: Nine new faces in Narendra Modi ‘s team have diverse backgrounds, vast experience
8:26 am: The new Ministers are going to be strategically placed by PM Narendra Modi in key Ministries, especially focusing on last mile delivery directly to the people.
8:14 am: Take a look at the ministers who resigned following the announcement of cabinet reshuffle:
8:07 am: Ahead of Cabinet reshuffle, the breakfast meet between PM Narendra Modi and the newly selected ministers is going to take place at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg . In continuance of his track record of identifying his fellow team members on the merit of their past Performance and future Potential, the new ministers have been selected by the Prime Minister with a clear mandate to deliver on his vision of a New India.
8:04 am: The breakfast meet with the newly selected ministers is going to take place at Lok Kalyan Marg.
8:03 am: As a part of the restructuring, six incumbent Ministers have resigned to take on other responsibilities. Having made meaningful contributions during their tenures, all of them have been important members of the Council of Ministers. The Prime Minister has recognised and appreciated their service to the nation.
8:02 am: It is notable that Prime Minister Modi is going to make significant changes to his Council of Ministers with the power of 4P for Progress. 4Ps are: passion + proficiency + professional & political acumen.
8:01 am: Mentionable is the fact that this might be the last cabinet reshuffle before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and also be the first time President Kovind.
8:00 am: Another face to have been inducted to the Union Council is Anant Kumar Hegde who was elected to the Lok Sabha a member of the 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha, from Uttara Kannada in Karnataka. He is an agriculturist by profession.
7:57 am: Cabinet reshuffle: PM Narendra Modi all set for the cabinet rejig
7:54 am: 65-year-old Shiv Pratap Shukla who has been inducted in the UNion Council is a Rajya Sabha MP from the country’s most populous and electorally crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. The lawyer-social worker has earlier been a minister in the government of Uttar Pradesh. He was appointed a vice president of Uttar Pradesh unit of the BJP in 2012.
7:48 am: PM Narendra Modi who is to leave for the BRICS Summit after the Cabinet reshuffle tweeted this on Saturday, ” India attaches high importance to BRICS, which has begun a 2nd decade of its partnership for progress and peace.”
7:46 am: Another leader who has been inducted is Virendra Kumar who is the Lok Sabha MP from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh. From the convenor of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), District Sagar in 1977-79 to now being set to become a Union minister in the Modi government, it has been a long journey for Kumar, who was elected for a sixth Lok Sabha term in 2014.
7:43 am: Surprisingly BJP allies, JD(U) and Shiv Sena have received no invitation to be present for the Cabinet resuffle.
7:42 am: 64-year-old Ashwini Kumar Choubey has been the health minister of Bihar. A BJP veteran he was born at Dariyapur in Bhagalpur and did BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the Science College, Patna University. Presently, he represents the Buxar Lok Sabha seat. Chaubey is credited with raising the slogan “Ghar-Ghar me ho Shouchalaya ka nirman, Tabhi hoga Ladli Bitiya ka Kanyadaan”, and has helped construct 11,000 toilets for Mahadalit families.
7:40 am: Cabinet reshuffle: Here’s what Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray had to say:
7:38 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to have a breakfast meet with the set of new inductees to the Union Cabinet.
7:37 am: Hardeep Singh Puri (65), who was India’s permanent representative at the United Nations, and Kannanthanam are not members of Parliament.
7:34 am: Former IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam (64), who hails from Kerala, is another pick by Modi, a move seen as the BJP’s efforts to expand its base in the southern state to take on the ruling Left Democratic Front led by the CPI(M).
7:26 am: The selection of nine new names for ministership has been done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeping in view the 4Ps — passion, proficiency, professional and political acumen, to deliver on his vision of a new India, official sources said on Friday.
7:24 am: The nine new members to be inducted in the Union council of ministers include four former senior bureaucrats and also BJP leaders from the states of Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh which go to polls in the near future.
7:23 am: Nine new ministers will take oath at 10:30 a.m. today, as Prime Minister Modi re-arranges his cabinet, post which, the latter will leaving for China to attend the BRICS Summit.
7:22 am: Cabinet Reshuffle: BJP MP Satyapal Singh to take oath tomorrow; Visuals of celebration at his house in Delhi.
7:19 am: President Ram Nath Kovind has confirmed that the swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers of the Narendra Modi government will take place at 10.30 am on Sunday, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
7:18 am: “I have got news about the Cabinet expansion only from media. I have not enquired about it (from the central BJP leadership). I have neither received any communication from anybody nor are we hungry for power,” Uddhav Thackeray told reporters.
7:16 am: Internal troubles in the AIADMK, which has been hit by a rebellion by the T T V Dhinakaran-led section, has proved to be a stumbling block in its joining the government.
7:14 am: Cabinet reshuffle: Know who all are in the race for the next Defence Minister of India. WATCH VIDEO:
7:13 am: The Shiv Sena, with 18 Lok Sabha members against two from the JD(U), wanted its share of representation in line with that of the Nitish Kumar-led party, which would have meant several more berths for the Maharashtra party, a demand the BJP did not concede, the sources said.
7:12 am: Though top BJP leaders maintained silence on the development, sources in the party said the JD(U) and the Shiv Sena not figuring in the list was likely due to lack of a formula for representation which could satisfy all allies.
7:11 am: With government sources disclosing the names of nine people who will take oath as ministers today, a surprise factor is the absence of any member of the BJP’s allies such as the JD(U) and the Shiv Sena from the list.
7:08 am: Shiv Pratap Shukla, BJP on being inducted on Saturday said, ”will believe the information to be authentic only when I get it from official sources.”
7:05 am: The new faces include BJP MPs Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Bihar), Virendra Kumar (Madhya Pradesh) and Shiv Pratap Shukla (Uttar Pradesh). The others are Anant Kumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Satyapal Singh and Alphons Kannanthanam.
7:00 am: Nine new ministers including former IFS officer Hardeep Puri, ex-Mumbai Police chief Satyapal Singh and retired IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam will be inducted into the Union Council of Ministers today as part of a major revamp by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.