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Indian PM Modi announces major cabinet reshuffle

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Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, carried out a major reshuffle of his cabinet inducting some new faces and removing as many as 12.

This reshufflement brought about an “all-inclusive” face of the government.

Those who resigned included Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad; Information and Broadcasting, Minister Prakash Javadekar; Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan and Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

As many as 43 ministers took an oath of office and secrecy, mostly new faces and some whose portfolios were changed and promoted.

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Among these were 15 cabinet ministers, and the rest were junior ministers.

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The new faces in Modi’s cabinet included former Congress party leader, Narayan Rane, Jyotiraditya Scindia, former opposition member of parliament who switched to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last year and former chief minister of Assam state, Sarbananda Sonowal.

This is being described as the biggest reshuffle of the Modi cabinet ever since he assumed power in 2014, and the first one in his second stint beginning 2019.

While deciding on his new cabinet, Modi tried to include ministers representing almost all the alliance partners, states, classes and sections of the Indian society.

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However, the effort was also made to include more former technocrats and professionals from different backgrounds, including medical, engineering, and legal.

A maximum of 81 ministers (including junior ministers) can be part of India’s union cabinet.

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