Union Cabinet expansion: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javdekar, Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal and others resign ahead of oath-taking
Union Cabinet expansion: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javdekar, Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal and others resign ahead of oath-taking
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With 43 new ministers to be inducted into the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet today evening, Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javdekar, Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal and eight others have resigned.

The President of India has accepted the 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, read a statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The others to resign ahead of the oath-taking are Thawarchand Gehlot, D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Babul Supriyo, Sanjay Dhotre, Rattan Kataria, Rattan Lal Kataria, Partap Chandra Sarangi and Debasree Chaudhuri.

Meanwhile, the new Cabinet is a mix of youth and those who come with rich administrative experience, including former chief ministers. There is also a good mix of experienced professionals with 13 lawyers, six doctors, five engineers, seven civil servants, seven with research degrees and three with degrees in business. It also cuts across castes and religions. Reportedly, there will be 27 OBC ministers, 12 from SC, 8 from ST categories. There will be one Muslim, one Sikh, one Christian and two Buddhist ministers.

Here's state-wise bifurcation of leaders to take oath today:

1) Narayan Tatu Rane - Maharashtra

2) Sarbananda Sonowal - Assam

3) Virendra Kumar - Madhya Pradesh

4) Jyotiraditya M Scindia - Madhya Pradesh

5) Ramchandra Prasad Singh - Bihar

6) Ashwini Vaishnaw - Odisha

7) Pashupati Kumar Paras - Bihar

8) Kiren Rijiju - Arunachal Pradesh

9) Raj Kumar Singh - Bihar

10) Hardeep Singh Puri - Uttar Pradesh

11) Mansukh Mandaviya - Gujarat

12) Bhupender Yadav - Rajasthan

13) Parshottam Rupala - Gujarat

14) G Kishan Reddy - Telangana

15) Anurag Singh Thakur - Himachal Pradesh

16) Pankaj Choudhary - Uttar Pradesh

17) Anupriya Singh Patel - Uttar Pradesh

18) Satya Pal Singh Baghel - Uttar Pradesh

19) Rajeev Chandrasekhar - Gujarat

20) Shobha Karandlaje - Karnataka

21) Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma - Uttar Pradesh

22) Darshana Vikram Jardosh - Gujarat

23) Meenakashi Lekhi - New Delhi

24) Annpurna Devi - Jharkhand

25) A Narayanaswamy - Karnataka

26) Kaushal Kishore - Uttar Pradesh

27) Ajay Bhatt - Uttarakhand

28) BL Verma - Uttar Pradesh

29) Ajay Kumar - Uttar Pradesh

30) Devusinh Jesingbhai Chauhan - Gujarat

31) Bhagwanth Khuba - Karnataka

32) Kapil Moreshwar Patil - Maharashtra

33) Pratima Bhoumik - Tripura

34) Subhas Sarkar - West Bengal

35) Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad - Maharashtra

36) Rajkumar Ranjan Singh - Manipur

37) Bharati Pravin Pawar - Maharashtra

38) Bishweswar Tudu - Odisha

39) Shantanu Thakur - West Bengal

40) Munjapara Mahendrabhai - Gujarat

41) John Barla - West Bengal

42) L Murugan - Tamil Nadu

43) Nisith Pramanik - West Bengal

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