Ahead of the oath ceremony of the new central cabinet members on Wednesday, the Centre shared a list of 43 members who will be sworn in as union ministers. Narayan Rane, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Pashupati Kumar Paras, Bhupender Yadav, Anupriya Patel, Shobha Karandlaje, Meenakshi Lekhi, Ajay Bhatt, Anurag Thakur with 34 other members will be taking oath in the Union Cabinet expansion.
With many new faces in the cabinet, there are 4 leaders from Maharashtra who have made it to the list of the Central cabinet. One of the famous face is Narayan Rane who has been one of the known faces in politics of Maharashtra and besides him, Bhagwat Karad, Bharati Pawar and Kapil Moreshwar Patil too have been included in the list of the cabinet. Rane is likely to be made the minister of heavy industries which was earlier held by Shiv Sena leaders including Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil, Anant Geete and Arvind Sawant.
Notably, Rane has been quite vocal against the government led by Uddhav Thackeray and he was at the forefront to demand the imposition of the President Rule in the state for the government's handling of the ongoing pandemic. Rane’s elevation will be crucial for BJP to checkmate Shiv Sena in its traditional bastion the Konkan Region and thereby consolidate its position.
Ahead of the oath ceremony on Wednesday evening, ministerial probables met the prime minister at his residence.
Those who met Modi included the BJP's Narayan Rane, Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ajay Bhatt, Bhupender Yadav, Shobha Karandlaje, Sunita Duggal, Meenakshi Lekhi, Bharati Pawar, Shantanu Thakur and Kapil Patil, the JD-U's R C P Singh, the LJP's Pashupati Paras and the Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel.
Meanwhile, Ahead of a cabinet reshuffle, many Union ministers, including Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, resigned on Wednesday.
Besides Pokhriyal and Gowda, who were cabinet ministers, Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar, Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre and Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri have also quit.