Modi Cabinet reshuffle 2016: To put his own stamp of authority on the cabinet expansion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday introduced 19 new faces in his Union Council of Ministers. Once, Modi’s favourite, the controversial Smriti Irani lost Education Minister’s portfolio and has now been handed over Textile Ministry. On the other hand Arun Jaitley loses Information and Broadcasting portfolio but retains Finance Ministry, Corporate Affairs.
Modi has 19 new faces in his Union Council of Ministers. These are P P Chaudhary, Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, M J Akbar, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Anil Madhav Dave, Ramesh Jigajinagi, Parshottam Rupala, Jasvantsinh Bhabhor, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Faggan Kulaste, Vijay Goel, Anupriya Patel, Mansukh Mandaviya, S S Ahluwalia, Rajen Gohain, C R Chaudhary, Ajay Tamta, Ramdas Athawale and Krishna Raj.
Apart from these, Prakash Javadekar has been elevated to the ranks of a Cabinet minister as Education Minister, thereby replacing the controversial Smriti Irani. High performers like Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan have not been promoted. The new faces will definitely demonstrate the intricate rainbow politics of caste combinations that the party is looking to woo.
LIVE UPDATES on Major changes in PM Modi’s cabinet
10.34 pm: Cabinet Reshuffle to help in ease of doing business: CII
10.30 pm: General V K Singh loses Minister of state (independent charge) for North East Region
10.30 pm: Narendra Singh Tomar gets Rural Development Ministry
10.10 pm: “Nothing is big or small”, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said on Smriti Irani’s demotion to Textile Ministry from Education Ministry
10.00 pm: Nitin Gadkari major gainer; retains portfolio
9.58 pm: Portfolio allocation (MoS): SS Aluhwalia given agriculture and farmers welfare, parliamentary affairs department
9.58 pm: Portfolio allocation (MoS): Ramdas Athawale given social justice and empowerment department
9.58 pm: Portfolio allocation (MoS): Anupriya Patel gets Health and family welfare, Ajay Tamta given textiles department
9.56 PM: Sadananda Gowda given Statistics and Programme implementation
9.55 pm: Hansraj Gangaram given MoS Home affairs, Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi gets MoS Drinking Water and Sanitation Department
9.46 pm: Inderjit Singh gets Urban Development Ministry
9.38 pm: Arjun Meghwal gets MoS, Finance
9.36 pm: Arun Jaitley loses I&B, retains Finance Ministry, Corporate Affairs
9.30 pm: Vijay Goel, MoS Youth Affairs, Sports
9.30 pm: M J Akbar takes charge as MoS External Affairs
9.30 pm: Ananth Kumar is now Parliamentary Affairs Minister
9.29 pm: Jayant Sinha loses Finance, gets Civil Aviation
9.29 pm: Anil Madhav Dave – Environment Minister
9.29 pm: Babul Supriyo now new Urban Development Minister
9.28 pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad replaces Sadananda Gowda as new Law Minister
9.26 pm: New HRD minister – Prakash Javadekar, replaces Smriti Irani
9.25 pm: Smriti Irani new Textile Minister
9.25 pm: Venkaiah Naidu new I&B minister, loses Parliamentary Afairs post
9.24 pm: Portfolio to ministers out
7.00 pm: Portfolio to the ministers to be allotted soon
3.26 pm: PM to Ministers: Visit Constituencies after 15th August
3.24 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee accepts resignation of 5 Ministers of State from Council of Ministers
3.10 pm: Be it 19 new ministers or 45 new ministers, it is not going to work. Nation is sinking: Capt Amarinder Singh,Congress on #CabinetReshuffle
2.32 pm: Will dutifully discharge responsibility, says Prakash Javadekar.
2.23 pm: Newly inducted Ministers arrive at 7 Race Course Road to meet PM Narendra Modi
2.15 pm: Amit Shah while congratulating the newly inducted, tweeted, “Congratulations to all newly sworn-in ministers. I am sure under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi they will do their best for India.”
1.41 pm: All the faces are from BJP, not NDA. This is a PM’s decision: Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena)
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 5, 2016
1.00 pm: PM Narendra Modi invites the newly inducted Ministers for tea at 2:30 PM today
12.58 pm: Thankful to PM Modi fr reposing his faith in me, will fulfill responsibility with complete sincerity, says Anupriya
12.50 pm: RPI leaders celebrate in Mumbai after Ramdas Athawale inducted as Minister of State in Union Council of Ministers
12.45 pm: FM Arun Jaitley welcomes the newly inducted ministers in the Union Council
12.44 pm: Priority will be welfare of farmers,women empowerment&employmnt generation fr youth: Subhash Bhamre
12.30 pm: Council of Mins is a team for the PM. The new team with its new members will prove its mettle, says Narendra Singh Tomar
12.06 pm: Five ministers dropped from the Union Council of Ministers: Govt sources to PTI
11.36 am: The ministers have sworn-in. Ceremony comes to a close.
11.32 am: PP Chaudhary takes oath
11.30 am: C. R. Chaudhary takes his oath
11.28 am: Anupriya Patel takes oath.
11.27 am: Mansukhbhai Mandava takes oath as the Minister of State
11.25 am: Krishna Raj takes her oath
11.21 am: Mahendra Nath Pandey takes oath
11.18 am: Arjun Meghwal takes his oath.
11.14 am: Parshottam Rupala takes oath
11.10 am: Rajen Gohain takes oath as the Minister of State.
11.05 am: Ramesh Chandappa takes oath.
11.02 am: SS Ahluwalia takes his oath.
11.00 am: Swearing-in ceremony commences
10.53 am: Ministers gather for the ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan
10.36 am: Shiv Sena MP and Union Minister Anant Geete to attend the oath-taking ceremony of newly inducted Ministers in Cabinet.
10.27 am: The Congress on lambasted the BJP-led NDA regime prior to the Cabinet reshuffle and said even bringing in hundred new ministers won’t make any difference as the ruling dispensation has failed on both foreign as well as domestic front. Justifying his assertion, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said the government has fallen very sharply in the last two years in people’s views.
10.18 am: PM Narendra Modi & Amit Shah have given responsibility to new people, I welcome them: Ram Shankar Katheria, BJP
10.08 am: Proud aim to fulfil B.R.Ambedkar’s dream of upliftment of Dalits and poor, said Ramdas Athawale (RS MP,Maharashtra)
10.05 am: The Shiv Sena has decided to boycott PM Modi’s Cabinet Expansion and will stay out from the oath ceremony. Yesterday, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had said BJP central leadership did not have any discussion with him on the Union Cabinet expansion and that his party will not stand on anybody’s doors seeking favours.
10.00 am: Will be inducted in Cabinet for the first time under PM Modi, matter of pride and honour for me: P Rupala (RS MP, Gujrat)
9.20 am: Have received letter stating that I’ll be inducted in Modi ji’s Cabinet. Very happy: PP Choudhary
9.11 am: Whatever responsibility I get,will fulfil it to best of my ability, said FS Kulaste (BJP MP,Mandla,MP)
9.10 am: After being inducted in the Cabinet, Ramesh Jigajinagi(BJP MP, Bijapur Constituency) in conversation with ANI said, very happy,always wanted to do good things for people.
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
8.22 am: Government hss given me such a big responsibility,will try to fulfill it-Krishna Raj (MP,Shahjahanpur,UP)
8.15 am: Will fulfil all the responsibility given to us by party- CR Choudhary (MP from Nagaur, Rajasthan)
7.15 am: Whatever responsibility is given by party,will strive to fulfill it- MN Pandey (MP from Chandauli)
VIDEO: PM Modi & President Pranab Mukherjee with newly inducted Ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan #ModiCabinetRejighttps://t.co/DS9f3wPk27
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 5, 2016
Ahead of the expansion, Modi was quoted saying that the expansion of his ministry will reflect “budget focus and priorities”.
Taking a swipe at PM Narendra Modi, Congress on Monday said the much-talked about reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers would hardly make any difference as it is a “one-man government”.
“It will not make any difference. It is a one-man government,” party spokesman Jairam Ramesh told reporters.
The Prime Minister, who had reviewed the performance of various ministries indicating a reshuffle earlier on June 30, last expanded his Cabinet in November 2014.
The sources said the expansion comes after an exhaustive vetting and selection process to find the best talent. People were assessed on the value they would bring to the Union Council of Ministers, they said.
The sources said this marks a firm departure from the usual routine of frequent changes based on caste, religion and other time serving political considerations and is a firm endorsement of developmental politics that the prime minister champions.
The selection was based on the new ministers’ professional expertise, experiences in both Centre and states besides keeping the youth factor in mind.
In November 2014, the Council of Ministers was expanded by adding four Cabinet Ministers, three Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and 14 Ministers of State, increasing the total size of the ministry from 45 to 66 ministers.
According to the Constitution, the total number of ministers in the Council of Ministers must not exceed 15 percent of the total number of members of the Lok Sabha i.e. 82.