New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As the Modi government gets a makeover, the new Council of Ministers is being shaped in terms of experience and qualification. In the new Council of Ministers, there are four former Chief Ministers, 18 former state ministers, 39 former MLAs and 23 MPs who have been elected for three or more terms. This demonstrates the wealth of experience in the new Cabinet as the government has been criticised for lack of bench strength and not having enough heft in administrative experience.

The new Council of Ministers will also be an eclectic mix of distinguished qualifications, including 13 lawyers, six doctors, five engineers, seven former civil servants, and 46 ministers with experience in Central government. This is also a young-looking Cabinet with an average age of 58, with 14 ministers below the age of 50 years. In terms of gender, 11 women will be part of the Council of Ministers, including two with Cabinet rank.

Here are the Highlights from PM Modi's Cabinet Expansion:

7:00 pm: A Narayanaswamy, Kaushal Kishore and Ajay Bhatt take oath as ministers.

6:55 pm: JDU supporters celebrate inclusion of Ramchandra Prasad Singh in Union Cabinet, at party office in Patna. Workers play holi & distribute sweets. "This is a big day for JDU. For 1st time, our national president will be in Union Cabinet," says Dr Sagarika Chaudhary, JDU state secy

6:50 pm: Meenakshi Lekhi, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Annpurna Devi, take oath as ministers.

6:45 pm: Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Shobha Karandlaje and Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma take oath as ministers.

6:40 pm: Pankaj Choudhary, Anupriya Singh Patel, and Satya Pal Singh Baghel take oath as ministers.

6:35 pm: Parshottam Rupala, G Kishan Reddy and Anurag Thakur take oath as ministers.

6:30pm: Pashupati Kumar Paras, Kiren Rijiju and Raj Kumar Singh take oath as ministers.

6:20 pm: Supporters of BJP MP Jyotiraditya Scindia celebrate his inclusion in the new Union Cabinet, outside the BJP office in Bhopal. "There is enthusiasm among MP youth. We are celebrating, distributing sweets as Modiji has given an opportunity to youth leadership," said a supporter

6:15 pm: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ramachandra Prasad Singh, and Ashwini Vasihnaw take oath as ministers.

6:10 pm: Narayan Tatu Rane, Sarbananda Sonowal, and Dr Virendra Kumar take oath as ministers, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

6:05 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The swearing-in ceremony of 43 new ministers will begin shortly.

6:00 pm: Visuals from inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan of 43 leaders including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, Pashupati Kumar Paras, Bhupender Yadav, Anupriya Patel, Shobha Karandlaje, Meenakshi Lekhi, Anurag Thakur, who will be taking oath as part of Union Cabinet expansion,today

5:50 pm: Delhi: BJP leaders Prakash Javdekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad & Harsh Vardhan participate in swearing-in ceremony of 43 new ministers. They resigned as Union Ministers earlier today. CDS General Bipin Rawat also present at the ceremony that will begin shortly.

5:40 pm: Other ministers who have tendered their resignation include DV Sadananda Gowda, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Babul Supriyo, Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao, Rattan Lal Kataria, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, and Debasree Chaudhuri.

5:30 pm: The President of India accepts resignation of 12 members of the Council of Ministers including IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank and others: Rashtrapati Bhavan

5:20 pm: Delhi: BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda leaves from his residence. Union #CabinetReshuffle to take place this evening.

5:10 pm: Watch

5:00 pm: Delhi: BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia leaves from his residence. The Union #CabinetReshuffle will take place this evening

4:45 pm: Delhi | Former Assam CM and BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal leaves from his residence The Union Cabinet expansion will take place this evening

4:20 pm: 43 leaders to take oath today in the Union Cabinet expansion. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Pashupati Kumar Paras, Bhupender Yadav, Anupriya Patel, Shobha Karandlaje, Meenakshi Lekhi, Ajay Bhatt, Anurag Thakur to also take the oath.

4:10 pm: Cabinet Expansion: Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Babul Supriyo among 11 ministers to quit before rejig

4:00 pm: Babul Supriyo, MoS Environment, Forest & Climate Change resigns from the Council of Ministers ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle.

3:35 pm: Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meet at Lok Kalyan Marg with BJP MPs, ahead of cabinet expansion.

3:15 pm: Let others say whatever they want to. States will be benefited from this. States will work in accordance with PM Modi's principle of 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas': BJP MP Ajay Bhatt on Cabinet reshuffle He is one of the MPs likely to be sworn in today in the Union Cabinet reshuffle.

3:00 pm: Cabinet Expansion: List of probables who can get ministerial berth in PM Modi's new cabinet

2:30 pm: Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan Singh also resigned from his post ahead of the cabinet expansion. This the fourth resignation in a day by BJP MPs. 

2:10 pm: Will go to President's House today. I am hopeful: BJP MP Nisith Pramanik, on being asked about Union Cabinet expansion

2:00 pm: Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar and Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank resign from the Union Cabinet, ahead of Cabinet expansion

1:45 pm: Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri has resigned from Union Cabinet: Sources

1:40 pm: Delhi | Former Assam CM and BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal, who met the Prime Minister at 7, LKM ahead of Union Cabinet expansion, greets the media

1:32 pm: 43 leaders will take oath as Union Ministers in the Union Cabinet expansion, to be held later today

1:25 pm: Minister Santosh Gangwar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Quit Ahead Of Cabinet Reshuffle Today, reports News18. 

1:20 pm: Delhi | Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President JP Nadda, Sarbananda Sonowal, GK Reddy, Kiren Rijiju, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Parshottam Rupala and Anupriya Patel leave from 7, Lok Kalyan Marg

1:15 PM: Meeting ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle at 7, LKM, concludes. Narayan Rane, Pashupati Paras, RCP Singh leave from PM's official residence in Delhi

1:00 pm: Union Cabinet expansion to be held at 6 pm today

12:45 pm: Union Minister Anurag Thakur is also present at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, ahead of the Union Cabinet reshuffle

12:30 pm: Delhi | Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda, Meenakshi Lekhi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Purshottam Rupala, Nisith Pramanik, RCP Singh, Pashupati Paras, present at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

12:10 pm: These Ministers have reached PM's residence in Delhi

  • Jyotiraditya Scindia

  • Narayan Rane

  • Sarbananda Sonowal

  • Anupriya Patel

  • Kapil Patil

  • Meenakshi Lekhi

  • Ajay Bhatt

12:00 pm: Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

11:50 am: Delhi: Former Assam CM & BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal leaves from his residence

11:40 am: Delhi | Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda leaves from this residence

11:30 am: Delhi | Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jyotiraditya M. Scindia leaves from his residence, as his supporters gather outside

11:15 am: With UP elections in the offing, Apna Dal, too, is likely to get accommodated. Apna Dal leader Anupriya recently met Shah at his residence.

11:00 am: It is also understood that important NDA ally Janta Dal-United is also expected to be provided a berth in the Cabinet.

10:45 am: There are speculations of several senior leaders like former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia to be accommodated. Recently, Uttarakhand former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat met the PM as well.

10:20 am: Several positions in the Cabinet are vacant due to the exit of Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal and the demise of Ramvilas Paswan of Jan Lokshakti Party.

10:00 am: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) and Union Cabinet meetings scheduled to be held on Wednesday have been cancelled. The CCEA meeting was scheduled to be held at 11 am, while the Union Cabinet meeting was scheduled at 11:05 am.

The current strength of the Council of Ministers is 53, including Modi, and its maximum number can be 81. The exercise comes against the backdrop of a massive review, which has stretched for weeks, undertaken by the BJP top brass of the works of Union ministers and the organisation against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A BJP leader said the reshuffle is expected to be a "big shake-up" with Modi addressing political challenges, including the assembly polls in five states early next year, and governance issues. The prime minister is also scheduled to chair a Cabinet meeting, hours before the expected reshuffle.

His review of the works of his ministers, early next year assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab and the COVID-19 pandemic that has been a factor in the internal evaluation of the party's governance and organisational works are likely to weigh heavy in the expected reshuffle.

Against the massive review exercise within the central government and the party machinery, the prime minister may go for new faces with an eye on grooming younger leaders while also factoring in caste and regional balances. There is also a buzz about Modi inducting some professionals and those with domain expertise besides bringing in more women.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan