Lok Sabha Elections 2014 got over on May 12th and the results were declared on May 16th 2014.
BJP emerged as the largest single party with 282 seats and with its allies the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) reached a formidable 337 of the total of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha.
Narendra Modi the most popular figure and prime minister nominee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took oath on May 26th 2014 as the 15th Prime Minister of India. Amidst a mammoth gathering of 4000 plus at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, that included the seven heads of SAARC states and their delegations, members of the former Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha,VIP dignitaries, the who’s who of Bollywood and all those whom Narendra Modi had chosen to invite, the new Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi was administered the Oath of Office by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
Alongside this grand moment there were smaller moments of note when the individual ministers of Cabinet rank, Minister of State Rank (Independent Charge) and Minister of State rank took their oaths for the portfolios allocated to them.
Two points of note:
A person who has lost in the Lok Sabha elections but is already a member of the Rajya Sabha still finds a place in the Cabinet, a matter which is still hotly debated in political forums and in the national arena. The former Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh never fought for a Lok Sabha seat yet was Prime Minister for two terms and Finance Minister in an earlier Government.
A Minister of State is a junior minister in a government of federal structure like that of India having states and a centre. The role of a minister of state could be to assist a cabinet minister having the portfolio or he could be assigned a smaller portfolio and given independent charge. There is a ceiling prescribed by the Constitution of India that restricts the number of ministers of state in the federal government.
The current Lower House has 24 ministers of Cabinet Rank, 10 ministers of State (with independent charge) and 12 ministers of State.
The list of minister with their portfolios is as follows:
|2||Rajnath Singh||Home Affairs||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|3||Sushma Swaraj||External Affairs||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|Overseas Indian Affairs|
|4||Arun Jaitley||Finance||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|5||Venkaiah Naidu||Urban Development||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation|
|6||Nitin Gadkari||Road Transport & Highways||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|7||D.V.Sadananda Gowda||Railways||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|8||Uma Bharti||Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|9||Najma Heptullah||Minority Affairs||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|10||Gopinath Munde||Rural Development||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|11||Ram Vilas Paswan||Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution||Cabinet Minister||Lok Janshakthi Party|
|12||Maneka Gandhi||Women & Child Development||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|13||Ananth Kumar||Chemicals & Fertilisers||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|14||Ravi Shankar Prasad||Law & Justice||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|Communications & Information Technology|
|15||Pusapati Ashok Gajapati Raju||Civil Aviation||Cabinet Minister||Telugu Desam Party|
|16||Anant Geete||Heavy industries & Public Enterprises||Cabinet Minister||Shiv Sena|
|17||Harsimrat Kaur||Food Processing Industries||Cabinet Minister||Shiromani Akali Dal|
|18||Narendra Singh Tomar||Mines||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|Labour & Employment|
|19||Jual Oram||Tribal Affairs||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|20||Thawar Chand Gehlot||Social Justice & Empowerment||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|21||Smriti Irani||Human Resource Development||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|22||Radha Mohan Singh||Agriculture||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|23||Harsh Vardhan||Health & Family Welfare||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|24||Kalraj Mishra||Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises||Cabinet Minister||BJP|
|25||Vijay Kumar Singh||Development of NE Region||MoS (Ind.Charge)||BJP|
|External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs|
|26||Inderjit Singh Rao||Planning||MoS (Ind.Charge)||BJP|
|Statistics & Programme Implementation|
|27||Santosh Kumar Gangwar||Textiles||MoS (Ind.Charge)||BJP|
|Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation|
|28||Sripad Yesso Naik||Culture
|29||Dharmendra Pradhan||Petroleum & Natural Gas||MoS (Ind.Charge)||BJP|
|30||Sarbananda Sonowal||Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs & Sports||MoS (Ind.Charge)||BJP|
|31||Prakash Javadekar||Information & Broadcasting||MoS (Ind.Charge)||BJP|
|Environment, Forest & Climate Change|
|32||Piyush Goyal||Power||MoS (Ind.Charge)||BJP|
|Coal, New & Renewable Energy|
|33||Jitendra Singh||Science & Technology||MoS (Ind.Charge)|
|Prime Minister’s Office|
|Public Grievances & Pensions|
|Dept. of A.E.|
|34||Nirmala Sitharaman||Commerce & Industry||MoS (Ind.Charge)||BJP|
|35||G.M.Siddeshwara||Civil Aviation||Minister of State|
|36||Manoj Sinha||Railways||Minister of State|
|37||Nikhil Chand||Chemicals & Fertilizers||Minister of State|
|38||Upendra Kushwaha||Rural Development||Minister of State|
|Drinking Water & Sanitation|
|39||Radhakrishnan.P||Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises||Minister of State||BJP|
|40||Kiren Rijiju||Home affairs||Minister of State|
|41||Krishan Pal||Road Transport & Highways, Shipping||Minister of State|
|42||Sanjeev Kumar Balyan||Agriculture, Food Processing Industries||Minister of State|
|43||Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava||Tribal affairs||Minister of State|
|44||Raosaheb Dadarao Danve||Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution||Minister of State|
|45||Vishnu Deo Sai||Mines, Steel, Labour & Employment||Minister of State|
|46||Sudarshan Bhagat||Social Justice & Empowerment||Minister of State|
The Cabinet Infographics
The journey has begun. There is euphoria and enthusiasm. With such a good start they sure should do better than expectations.
The NaMo magic has begun! As the song goes – Dukh ke Din Bithe Re Bhaiya Sukh Ke Din Aayo Re, ………. (The dark days are over, happy times are back again……)
Let’s indeed hope for the best!