As many as 43 ministers took oath in a major cabinet expansion-cum-reshuffle on Wednesday while 12 ministers were dropped. Ministers of state G Kishan Reddy, Parshottam Rupala, Anurag Thakur, Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Mandaviya, RK Singh and Kiren Rijiju, were elevated as cabinet ministers while 36 new inductees were sworn in.
Meanwhile, there are new 28 Ministers of State (MoS) and one among them is Kapil Moreshwar Patil.
Kapil Moreshwar Patil is a Lok Sabha MP for Maharashtra's Bhiwandi. He is serving his 2nd term as MP. He has been made the Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
He is a grassroots politician and has served for three decades across various positions - from Sarpanch of Dive-Anjur Gram Panchayat to President of Thane Zila Parishad.
The 60-year-old holds a BA degree from Mumbai University.
He had moved from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in March 2014.
Patil is the OBC face of the BJP and comes from Agari Samaj. Through him, the BJP is trying to attract OBC voters for the upcoming civil body elections. And also the saffron party is trying to make inroads in Shiv Sena's bastion Thane.
Recently, Patil demanded to change the name of upcoming Navi Mumbai airport from Balasaheb Thackeray International Airport to DB Patil Airport.