The much-awaited reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet took place today with the swearing-in ceremony of 43 ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan while 11 known faces exited the government. The ministries were yet to be announced. These included the elevation of several ministers of state to Cabinet rank including Hardeep Singh Puri and Anurag Thakur.
The list of ministers who took oath include former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane, former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Dr Virendra Kumar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ramachandra Prasad Singh, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Pashu Pati Kumar Paras, Kiren Rijiju, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Mandaviya, Bhupendar Yadav, Parshottam Rupala, G Kishan Reddy, Anurag Thakur, Pankaj Choudhary, Anupriya Patel, Dr Satya Pal Singh Baghel, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Shobha Karandlaje, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Meenakshi Lekhi, Annapurna Devi, A. Narayanaswamy, Kaushal Kishore, Ajay Bhatt, B.L. Verma, Ajay Kumar, Chauhan Devusinh, Bhagwanth Khuba, Kapil Patil, Pratima Bhoumik, Dr S. Sarkar, Dr Bhagwat Karad, Dr Rajkumar Singh, Dr Bharati Pawar, Bishweshwar Tudu, Shantanu Thakur, Dr Munjapara Mahendrabhai, John Barla, Dr L. Murugan and Nitish Pramanik.
Ahead of the swearing-in, 11 Union Ministers resigned from the Cabinet. These include Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Chemical & Fertiliser Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.
Besides, Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Raosaheb Danve, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhri, Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria and Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo have all resigned from the council of ministers.