New Delhi, Nov 9: In the cabinet expansion on Sunday, 21 new ministers including former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and three others were inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers.
Suresh Prabhu, a former Shiv Sainik and power minister in the Vajpayee government, senior BJP leader JP Nadda and Jat leader from Haryana Birender Singh, who joined BJP ahead of assembly elections, were the other Cabinet ministers to take oath of office and secrecy at a function in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
According to reports, the ongoing tussle between Sena and BJP in Maharashtra stopped Sena MP Anil Desai from taking oath as he returned to Mumbai from the airport after arriving here on Sunday morning.
Bandaru Dattatreya and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who were ministers in the Vajpayee government, and Mahesh Sharma, newly-elected MP from Gautam Buddh Nagar, were sworn-in as Ministers of State with Independent Charge.
The 14 other ministers of state sworn-in are: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Ram Kripal Yadav, Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, Sanwar Lal Jat and Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Giriraj Singh, Hansraj Ahir, Ram Shankar Katheria, Jayant Sinha, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Babul Supriyo, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Vijay Sampla (all BJP) and Y S Chowdary, a Rajya Sabha member from TDP.
(With Agency Inputs)