Six Ministers have already resigned from their posts. Since they will be first timers in the government, all the nine may be inducted as Ministers of State.
AIADMK leader Thambidurai had met Shah on Thursday, triggering speculation that the Dravadian party may be invited to join the Cabinet. Though Uma has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, but she has considerable following in the state. Hardeep Singh Puri is a former IFS officer who represented India at the United Nations.
Every move that the former IAS officer who quit service in 2006 to contest as a Left supported Independent candidate from state’s Kanjirapally assembly constituency has turned out to be successful, as after a five year stint as a legislator, he quit state politics and made a somersault – joining the BJP in 2011 and shifting base to Delhi.
RK Singh, a Lok Sabha member from Ara in Bihar, was union Home Secretary during the UPA rule and had served in various capacities, including as Defence Production Secretary and Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry. Shukla is a Law Graduate and is known for his work in rural development, education and prison reforms. Virendra Kumar Khatik is a Dalit leader from Madhya Pradesh, which will go to poll next year. Mr Kumar had participated in the JP Movement and was in jail for 16 months during the Emergency.
Anant Kumar Hegde, 49, has been a member of the 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha from Uttara Kannada in Karnataka.
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are going to polls by this year-end while elections are due in Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan and Tripura in 2018.
Shekhawat, a first time MP from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, is a techno savvy progressive farmer and is seen as a role model for the rural community.
While political circles were surprised that even by late Saturday afternoon, the potential ministerial candidates had not received calls from the Cabinet secretariat about oath taking, sources said for once, Modi and BJP President Amit Shah’s writ was not running large. NDTV, while quoting sources, said that Modi is “very happy” with the performance of Gadkari. They come from diverse social and economic backgrounds as well as from across the country.