NEW DELHI: In the cabinet reshuffle which took place on Sunday, the Congress’s “younger set”, championed by Rahul Gandhi, has got a leg up and key positions in the reshuffle, in which as many as 17 new faces were inducted. Below is a list of the new ministers.
Chandresh Kumari Katoch didn’t figure in the rumours that were rife ahead of the rejig. A surprise choice, because she’s seen as being thrust on a relatively younger set. A look in for the Jodhpur MP married into an erstwhile Himachal royal family comes before polls in the hill state.
Khan may have appeared to have fallen off the radar after his term as RS deputy chairperson ended. He was consistently speculated as a possible choice for the minority affairs ministry held by Salman Khurshid. Ex-chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council, he is known for his expertise on Waqf.
Dinsha is a politician of old standing. His elevation is seen as richly-deserved . The upcoming Gujarat polls and the controversy surrounding Vithala Radadiya, Porbandar MP, who was tipped for a ministerial berth before he brandished a gun at a toll plaza, may have helped.
Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy’s father, Rayalaseema strongman late Vijaybhaskara Reddy, served as AP CM twice. Suryaprakash’s patience has finally paid off. He was first elected to the LS in 1994 from Kurnool when his father was CM. A Gandhi family loyalist, the Kotlas opposed YSR’s clout.
P Balram Naik
Naik was a police constable. He’s a first-time MP from Mahabubabad in Telangana. He was rewarded for loyalty to party line when the Telangana movement was taking a strong agitational path. One of the few MPs who didn’t go against the high command on Telangana.
Sarve Satyanarayana’s allegiance to Sonia has to be seen to be believed. Probably, this has paid the dividends for the 58-year-old trade union leader. He first won from Siddipet in 2004. Sarve was a ‘rewardee’ for his disciplined stand on Telangana. He was in the TDP before.
Kruparani is a doctor by profession. She trounced ex-Union minister K Yerran Naidu in the 2009 LS polls from Srikakulam and earned the giant killer tag. Probably, her book “100 year saga of Nehru family” helped her bag the coveted Union minister post.
Ranee is ex-Assam women’s cricket team captain and three-term MP. She becomes MoS tribal affairs. Narah represents Lakhimpur in LS. Married into a tribal family, Ranee is the wife of Bharat Narah, an Assam Congress leader. She has two sons and is a graduate of Gauhati University.
Ninong is an MP from Arunachal (East) Lok Sabha constituency. He makes his debut as MoS minority affairs. Replaces Congress MP from Shillong and former MoS water resources Vincent H Pala, who resigned on Saturday.
Adhir has come of age. This Murshidabad strongman has no formal education or degrees. His longtime mentor Prez Pranab Mukherjee swore him in. He’s a three-term MP from Behrampore. He has several criminal charges. A Mamata-baiter, he never saw eye to eye with her.
Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury
He was brought into politics by brother ABA Ghani Khan Choudhury. Abu Hasem became Malda South MP for the first time in 2006 after his elder brother died. In 2008, he became district Congress chief. For someone who has long wished to be a union minister, it’s a dream come true.
A day before one Laxmi Puja, her political mentor and husband P R Dasmunshi fell ill. A day before another Laxmi Puja, she took oath of office as MoS. Deepa is MP from Raigunj. She became MLA in 2006 winning from Goalpokhar. She married Dasmunsi in 1994. She is a Mamata-baiter.
An MP from Anand and MoS for railways Bharatsinh Solanki, 59, has got independent charge of drinking water and sanitation. He takes over from rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, who courted controversy with his ‘no toilets, no brides’ comment recently. Solanki has been GPCC chief and handled ministries like power and railways.
RS member Ashwani Kumar’s elevation to the Cabinet is attributed to his equation with the PM. As MoS planning and as a Congressman, he has relentlessly defended the government. An SC lawyer, he’s expected to carry through judicial reforms. From Punjab, his father served as a Speaker of the state.
Rawat was a loyal party soldier until he was passed over for the Uttarakhand CM’s post despite better credentials. His supporters backed Vijay Bahuguna for CM after extracting a promise that Rawat would be compensated. The leadership has redeemed the pledge elevating the Haridwar MP to the Cabinet.
A Telugu megastar who merged his Praja Rajyam with the Congress, is supposed to have a huge pull among Kapus. His entry into the government was on the cards. This is because Congress is trying to bolster its sagging political fortunes in the state.
Ex-investment banker Jyotiraditya Scindia was too good to be wasted as MoS. During his tenure in the commerce ministry, he simplified export procedures. Independent charge of power for the Guna MP is part of the PM’s infrastructure thrust and Rahul’s desire to bring younger leaders to the forefront.
Ajmer LS MP Sachin Pilot always seemed headed for a bigger government role. A Rahul club member, he worked hard on the ground for a reconciliation between Gujjars and Meenas fighting over quotas. He got noticed for his work in the communications ministry, though he was in charge of postal department.
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