Sweets were distributed at the BJP headquarters in Lucknow on Tuesday as party supporters began celebrating after 19 Ministers of State inducted in PM Modi’s Council of Ministers.\
Similar can be seen in Bhopal, where BJP workers break into dance after Anil Dave got inducted as Minister of state cabinet expansion. BJP workers are celebrating outside Dave’s residence.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi carried out a major expansion of his Council of Ministers on Tuesday, inducting 19 new faces, including several dalit and OBC leaders as well as from poll-bound states like UP.
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Prakash Javadekar, who held the independent charge of environment, was the lone minister promoted to the cabinet rank while all new inductees took oath as ministers of state.
All barring Vijay Goel and Faggan Kulaste are new faces while a few have been ministers in BJP-ruled state governments.
Ajay Tamta, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Krishna Raj, Ramdas Athawale, Ramesh C Jigaginagi were among the dalit MPs sworn in as ministers by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Others who were inducted in the Modi government included Anupriya Patel, S S Ahluwalia, P P Chaudhary, C R Chaudhary, M J Akbar, J Bhabhor, Purshottam Rupala Mansukhbhai Mandaviya, S R Bhamre, Mahendra Nath Pandey, A M Dave, Rajen Gohain.
While Patel and Athawale are BJP allies, all others are from BJP.
Among the 19 inductees, three MPs each from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh took oath while four from Rajasthan were also sworn in.