Meet the 19 new ministers in PM Modi's Cabinet
An expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers was announced on 5 July. Nineteen new ministers were inducted into the cabinet while Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar was promoted.
According to reports, PM Modi was keen to bring in "doers and performers", who would deliver on his vision of development and good governance and further his central priority of "Gaon, Garib and Kisan". There is no change in the top four portfolios - Defence, Home, Finance and External Affairs.
Minister of State for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar was elevated to the cabinet rank. He was the first minister to take oath in the crucial expansion. The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs also briefly held the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting.
Nineteen ministers from ten states were inducted into the cabinet, with a focus on poll-bound states. A number of SC/ST and women leaders also took oath. Will they prove to be the "doers" that PM Modi was seeking?
Here is a quick look at the new faces who were sworn into Cabinet on 5 July:
1. Jaswant Singh Bhabhor
Lok Sabha MP from the Dahod constituency in Gujarat. The 49-year-old tribal leader was a part of Modi's council of ministers in Gujarat.
2. Ramdas Athalwale
Ramdas Bandu Athawale is Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra. Athalwale, who hails from the Dalit community, is also a former Lok Sabha MP.
3. Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi
The three-time MLA is expected to bring his expertise to the cabinet. He is a representative of the Bijapur constituency of Karnataka is also from a scheduled caste.
4. Anil Madhav Dave
The author-cum-activist is a Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh. The 60-year-old RSS worker was also the head of the Parliamentary committee on the Real Estate Bill.
5. Faggan Singh Kulaste
The Lok Sabha member from Mandala, Madhya Pradesh is a former minister of state (MoS) for tribal affairs. He has served six terms as an MP and one-term as an MLA.
6. PP Chaudhary
The senior Supreme Court advocate, with over four-decades of experience in constitutional litigation, is the Chairperson of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Offices of Profit. He is also a member of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation and the Standing Committee on Personnel, Committee on Public Grievances, Law and Justice
7. Purshottambhai Rupala
Gujarat MLA from Amreli. He served as the secretary of the BJP in 1992. Cabinet minister in Narmada for irrigation and water supply.
8. SS Ahluwalia
Five-term MP and the BJP's National Vice President, BJP MP SS Ahluwalia represents Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal.
9. Rajen Gohain
The BJP member from Assam has been representing the Nowgong constituency in Assam since 1999. He has served four terms as a Lok Sabha MP.
10. Vijay Goel
The Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan and former MoS for youth affairs and sports has served four terms as MP. He has been a three-time member of the Lok Sabha. He represented the Sadar and Chandini Chowk constituencies.
11. Mahendra Nath Pandey
Former minister of urban development in Uttar Pradesh, the Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh also has a PhD from the Banaras Hindu University.
12. Subhash Ram Rao Bhamre
A representative of the Dhule constituency of Maharashtra, Bhamre is a well-known doctor with a super specialisation in cancer surgery.
13. MJ Akbar
Veteran journalist and author MJ Akbar is also the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand.
14. Ajay Tamta
Ajay Tamta is a Dalit politician from Uttarakhand and a Member of Parliament from Almora constituency after being elected in the General Elections of 2014.
15. Krishna Raj
BJP Lok Sabha MP from Shahjahanpur, UP. She was elected to the Uttar Pradesh assembly in 1996 and 2007 from Mohamdi seat.
16. Mansukh L Mandaviya
The Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat has worked in Gujarat's agricultural sector, including heading Gujarat Agro-Industries Corporations.
17. Anupriya Patel
The Apna Dal leader from Uttar Pradesh and Lok Sabha member from Mirzapur is the daughter of the late Sonelal Patel. Anupriya Singh Patel is expected to be a valuable addition with her strong academic base.
18. CR Chaudhary
Having studied rural development at the University of Birmingham, CR Chaudhary won from Rajasthan's Nagaur constituency in 2014.
19. Arjun Ram Meghwal
BJP parliamentarian from Bikaner in Rajasthan, former government officer Arjun Ram Meghwal is among the Scheduled Caste leaders to be inducted into the Cabinet.