Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar was the first among the ministers to take oath in the Modi Cabinet on Tuesday.
Javadekar’s ministry was elevated to the Cabinet rank highlighting the seriousness of the Modi government on the climate change issue. He is the only minister to get a promotion.
All the others joined as Ministers of State.
Among them are Fagan Khulaste from Madhya Pradesh, BJP MP from Darjeeling S.S. Ahluwalia, Bijapur MP Ramesh Jigajinagi, Rajya Sabha member Vijay Goel and BJP MP from Assam’s Nowgong Rajen Gohain.
Environmentalist and BJP MP in the Rajya Sabha Anil Madhav Dave too joined Modi’s expanded council of ministers. Parsottambhai Rupala, a Patel community leader from Gujarat and MP in the Rajya Sabha was sworn in.
Also sworn in were Arjun Ram Meghwal, BJP’s chief whip in the House and MP from Bikaner, and Jaswant Singh Bhabhor, MP from Gujarat’s Dahod.
With an eye on the upcoming UP elections, Modi government inducted Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, MP Chandauli, and Krishna Raj, MP from Shahjahanpur, as Ministers of State
Besides the two ministers Anupriya Patel, MP from Mirzapur and leader of Apna Dal, a BJP ally in UP, was sworn in as MoS.
Other leaders sworn in as MoS were Ajay Tamta, BJP MP from Almora in Uttarakhand, Mansukh Mandaviya, CR Chaudhary, MP from Nagaur, Rajasthan, PP Choudhary, MP from Pali, Rajasthan, and Dr Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, MP from Dhule in Maharashtra.
Also inducted into the Cabinet was noted journalist and RS member from MP, M.J. Akbar, as MoS, and Dalit leader Ramdas Athwale, an RS member from Maharashtra who is a leader of BJP’s ally Republican Party of India.
Their ministries will be finalised later in the evening. At least five minister have reportedly been dropped.