The Union Cabinet for the 17th Lok Sabha includes 24 cabinet ministers, 9 ministers of state with independent charge and 24 ministers of state. Here’s a complete list of Union ministers and all you need to know about them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers took oath to office on Thursday. The Union Cabinet for the 17th Lok Sabha includes 24 cabinet ministers, 9 ministers of state with independent charge and 24 ministers of state.
The top leaders who were sworn-in as cabinet ministers include Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, DV Sadananda Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ram Vilas Paswan and former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, a surprise pick.
Some of the key ministers in the previous Modi government, including Sushma Swaraj, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Maneka Gandhi, are not a part of the new council of ministers. Former finance minister Arun Jaitley had written to PM Modi on Wednesday and said that he did not want to be a part of the new government due to health reasons.
Here’s a full list of cabinet ministers in Modi Cabinet 2.0
- Rajnath Singh
- Amit Shah
- Nitin Gadkari
- DV Sadananda Gowda
- Nirmala Sitharaman
- Ram Vilas Paswan
- Narendra Singh Tomar
- Ravishankar Prasad
- Harsimrat Kaur Badal
- Thawar Chand Gehlot
- S Jaishankar
- Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”
- Arjun Munda
- Smriti Irani
- Dr Harsh Vardhan
- Prakash Javdekar
- Piyush Goyal
- Dharmendra Pradhan
- Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
- Prahlad Joshi
- Mahendra Nath Pandey
- Arvind Sawant
- Giriraj Singh
- Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Full list of ministers of state with independent charge in Modi Cabinet 2.0
- Kiren Rijiju
- Santosh Gangwar
- Shripad Naik
- Jitendra Singh
- Rao Inderjit Singh
- RK Singh
- Hardeep Singh Puri
- Mansukh Mandaviya
- Prahalad Singh Patel
Full list of ministers of state in Modi Cabinet 2.0
- Arjun Ram Meghwal
- Ashwini Kumar Chaubey
- Faggan Kulaste
- Raosaheb Danve
- Krishan Pal Gurjar
- General (Retd) VK Singh
- Gangapuram Kishan Reddy
- Purushottam Rupala
- Ramdas Athawale
- Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
- Babul Supriyo
- Sanjeev Balyan
- Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre
- Anurag Thakur
- Suresh Angadi
- Nityanand Rai
- Rattan Lal Kataria
- V Muraleedharan
- Renuka Singh
- Som Parkash
- Rameswar Teli
- Pratap Chandra Sarangi
- Barmer Kailash Choudhary
- Debasree Chaudhuri
STRENGTH OF MODI CABINET 2.0
There are 24 cabinet ministers and as many as 25 ministers of state, while nine other were given MoS with independent charge rank.
As per the Constitution, the total number of Union ministers, including the Prime Minister shall not exceed 15 per cent of the number of members in the LS.
PM Narendra Modi can have as many as 80 ministers in the 543-member Lok Sabha. With current appointments, the total number of Union ministers in 17th Lok Sabha is 57.
Full list of cabinet ministers in Modi Cabinet 2.0 with profiles
Senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh represents Lucknow Lok Sabha seat. He has been elected from the coveted seat for the second time, before that he had representated Gautam Budhh Nagar Lok Sabha constituency in 2009. Number 2 in Modi government, Rajnath Singh is likely to be appointed as the home minister of India again.
Rajnath Singh had started his career as RSS volunteer but joined politics in 1974 as secretary of Janasangh of Mirzapur region and later became the MP from Mirzapur in 1977.
Known for his no non sense attitude, Rajnath is a soft spoken politician and the senior most leader in the Modi Cabinet.
During his stint as home minister in the previous term, Rajnath Singh battled with Kashmir militancy, Pakistan incursions, emergence of Islamic State in India among other challenges.
Considered as BJP’s key strategist, Union minister Amit Shah is likely to get a key portfolio in Modi Cabinet 2.0. Before the Central government, Amit Shah and Narendra Modi worked together in the Gujarat ministry. Amit Shah’s tuning with PM Narendra Modi is hailed as jodi of Jai and Veeru.
In the 2019 general elections, Amit Shah contested and won from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency with a margin of over 5.5 lakh votes. He broke all records of LK Advani.
Amit Shah has had a meteoric rise in national politics in recent years. In 2010, Shah spent time in jail for the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. He got conditional bail to stay away from Gujarat. Four years later, Amit Shah became national president of the BJP and took party to astronomical heights. According to party’s own estimates, the BJP is today world’s largest party. Under his leadership, the BJP managed to get re-elected to Union government with a massive increase in their vote share.
Known as the Highway man, 62-year-old Nitin Gadkari has been sworn in for the second time as cabinet minister. During Modi government 1.0, Gadkari successfully shouldered the responsibility of Shipping, Surface Transport, Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry. He is likely to get an important ministry in the second term as well.
Nitin Jayram Gadkari started his political career with student’s wing ABVP. At the age of 38, Gadkari served as PWD minister in the Shivsena-BJP Govt in 1995. Gadkari was credited with building with nation’s firstever Express way from Mumbai to Pune.
Gadkari rose in the national scenario when he was made the national president of BJP in 2009 replacing Rajnath Singh. In 2014, he contested and won the Lok sabha elections from Nagpur seat.
As the transport minister, Gadkari is credited with building excellent Road and Highway network with approximately 26 kms per day. Gadkari is also known for his proximity with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
DV SADANANDA GOWDA
Lawyer-turned-politician DV Sadananda Gowda is a returning minister in Modi Cabinet. In the previous government, Sadananda Gowda handled railway ministry, law and justice, statistics and programme implementation and chemicals and fertilisers for various spans of time.
17th Lok Sabha is Sadananda Gowda’s fourth entry to Parliament. In 2019 general elections, he defeated Congress heavyweight Krishna Byre Gowda, a member of the HD Kumaraswamy ministry.
An RSS worker and a vocal ABVP leader during his college days, Gowda started his political career from Jan Sangh, the previous avatar of BJP. Gowda practised law for a while and became a public prosecutor too but he gave up his law practice to pursue politics. He worked in the BJP in various capacities right from the grass-root level.
In 2011, Sadananda Gowda became chief minister of Karnataka. However, his term as chief minister was marred by infighting in the BJP, which at last resulted in Gowda’s resignation. In 2014, Gowda returned to Lok Sabha by winning election from Bengaluru North constituency.
Nirmala Sitharaman has risen from the ranks of the BJP and reached the prestigious chair of the Ministry of Defence during previous Modi government. Before becoming the first woman defence minister of India, she handled the Minister of State portfolio in the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Sitharaman has served as Member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, since 2016. In 2003, during Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, she became a member of National Women for Commission and served on the position till 2005. Sitharaman had joined the BJP in 2006, when Nitin Gadkari was the party chief, and she became the national spokesperson of the party.
RAM VILAS PASWAN
Eight-time Lok Sabha MP and former Rajya Sabha member Ram Vilas Paswan was on Thursday once again inducted into the Narendra Modi cabinet. The Lok Janshakti Party National President was Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in the previous Modi government.
Paswan’s party had contested six Lok Sabha seats in Bihar in the recently concluded elections and emerged victorious on all. The LJP chief this time refrained from contesting election from Hajipur after he was assured Rajya Sabha birth by the BJP.
Paswan began his political career way back in 1969 when he was first elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly. He entered Lok Sabha for the first time in 1977 from Hajipur constituency. Thereafter, he represented this seat in 1980, 1989, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014.
Paswan formed Lok Janshakti Party in 2000. He also served as a Union Minister in UPA 1 between 2004-09. He, however, lost elections from Hajipur in 2009 and was there after send to Rajya Sabha by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav.
NARENDRA SINGH TOMAR
Three-time MP Narendra Singh Tomar returns to Modi Cabinet for a second stint. In the previous term, Tomar served at the helm of several ministries, including mines, steel, labour and employment and rural development and panchayati raj.
Born on June 12, 1957 at Murar in Gwalior district, Tomar was president of the Gwalior unit of the BJP youth wing from 1980-84. He was elected as a councilor in 1983, entered the Madhya Pradesh assembly in 1998 and served as a minister in the BJP government in the state from 2003-2007.
Later, he was appointed as state BJP president. After a brief stint as a Rajya Sabha member, Tomar was elected to the Lok Sabha from Morena in 2009.
It was Tomar who conducted the ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament when Narendra Modi was unanimously elected by the NDA’s constituent parties as their leader.
In 2014, he won the Lok Sabha election from Gwalior. He returned to Morena in the 2019 election, winning by a margin of over 1.13 lakh votes.
RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD
PM Narendra Modi has reposed faith in senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad and inducted him into the Union Cabinet. During the previous Modi government, Prasad was Union Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology Minister.
A noted Supreme Court advocate, 54-year old Ravi Shankar Prasad who fought his first Lok Sabha elections from Patna Sahib in 2019, defeated Congress’s Shatrughan Sinha by a margin of over 2,85,000 votes.
Ravi Shankar Prasad was also Minister of Coal and Mines, Law & Justice and Information and Broadcasting in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He has been three time Rajya Sabha MP earlier.
HARSIMRAT KAUR BADAL
Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has been reinducted in the Union Cabinet. Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the wife of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and daughter-in-law of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Born on July 25, 1966, Harsimrat belongs to the family of Attar Singh Majithia, who was a prominent general in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Army.
She began her political career in 2009 by winning Bathinda Lok Sabha election and defeating Captain Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh by a margin of 1.2 lakh votes. She had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha election by defeating her husband’s cousin Manpreet Badal. Harsimrat was re-elected in 2019 from the same constituency.
A prominent Dalit face of the BJP, Thawarchand Gehlot, has made his way to the Narendra Modi cabinet for a second consecutive time. Gehlot was appointed as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment during the Modi government’s first stint in 2014.
Gehlot represented the Shajapur Lok Sabha seat between 1996 and 2009. Following delimitation, Shajapur constituency ceased to exist and Dewas constituency came into being in 2008. In 2009, Gehlot lost the Lok Sabha poll to Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma.
The BJP leader became a Rajya Sabha member in 2012 and was re-elected to the Upper House of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh in 2018. His Rajya Sabha term will end in 2024.
Considered close to Modi, Gehlot, one of the most noticeable faces from the Scheduled Caste (SC), was earlier deputed as the central observer for BJP in Gujarat.
As a minister, Gehlot scripted several schemes for the welfare of the deprived sections of the society as well as for the physically-challenged people.
PM Narendra Modi’s surprise pick, S Jaishankar is a career diplomat, who retired as the foriegn secretary of India. Jaishankar was a key member of the Indian team which negotiated the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal. He is also credited with helping resolve the Doklam stand-off between India and China.
A 1977-batch IFS officer, Jaishankar had earlier served as India’s ambassador to the US and before that to China.
Among other positions, Jaishankar has been India’s High Commissioner to Singapore and Ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Last year, Tata Group appointed Jaishankar as its president for global corporate affairs, within three months of his retirement from the government service. In 2019, Jaishankar was conferred with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country.
RAMESH POKHRIYAL NISHANK
Poet-politician Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s appointment as cabinet minister is his comeback to politics after eight years. After his term as the Uttarakhand chief minister ended in 2011, Ramesh Pokhriyal was lost in political wilderness, until this day. During these years, he won every election he contested, but did not get any ministerial berth in his state or at the Centre.
Nishank won the Doiwala assembly seat in 2012. Two years later, he vacated the seat to contest from Haridwar in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, defeating the then chief minister Harish Rawat’s wife Renuka by 1.7 lakh votes. In the 2019 elections, he retained the seat, defeating Ambrish Kumar of the Congress by a bigger margin of 2.59 lakh votes.
Nishank has been elected to the state assembly five times, first in undivided Uttar Pradesh and later Uttarakhand from 1991 to 2014.
He is said to be close to BJP president Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari. He is also known for proximity to yoga guru Ramdev.
Nishank is a prolific Hindi writer with 36 works to his credit, of which 10 have been translated into other languages.
Prominent tribal leader Arjun Munda is a three-time chief minister and favourite among public not only in his home state of Jharkhand but also in neighbouring Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Munda, who began his career with the JMM during the statehood struggle before joining the saffron brigade, was first elected as MLA in 1995 in undivided Bihar and went on to win three consecutive terms from Kharsawan before losing the seat in 2014.
Munda first became chief minister in March 2003, when he replaced the state’s first chief minister Babulal Marandi after JDU and Samata Party MLAs had revolted against the latter’s style of functioning. He was the tribal affairs minister in the first Marandi-led NDA government.
The 51-year-old tribal leader also won a by-election for Lok Sabha seat from Jamshedpur and held the post of BJP’s national general secretary.
In 2019, Munda edged out Congress’s Kalicharan Munda by a wafer thin margin of just 1445 votes in Khunti(ST) seat besides campaigning for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Smriti Irani is back with a bang. In 2014, Smriti Irani had become the yougest cabinet minister and held several illustrious portfolios, including HRD, Textiles and Information & Broadcasting Minister. In 2019, she has been reinducted in the Union Cabinet and is likely to be alloted a key portfolio.
Smriti Irani, who lost Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2014, emerged a giant-killer of 2019 by defeating the Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his home turf.
Irani was part of Modi cabinet as a rajya Sabha MP. She was elected to the Upper House in 2011 and re-elected in 2017 for a second term.
An eloquent speaker, she was often the BJP’s first choice for addressing the party’s press conferences and defending it during debates in Parliament.
Dr HARSH VARDHAN
Doctor-turned-politician Harsh Vardhan is the only MP from the national capital to get a place in Narendra Modi’s council of ministers. Dr Harsh Vardhan served as the Minister of Health and Family Welfare during the Modi government’s first stint in 2014 and was later given the charge of the Ministry of Earth Sciences and Ministry of Science and Technology.
Dr Harsh Vardhan was the health minister of Delhi in 1994. During his tenure as health minister of Delhi, he had successfully launched the Pulse Polio Programme, which was later launched nationwide for immunisation of millions of children against polio.
Prakash Javadekar is among the returning cabinet ministers in Team Modi 2.0. In the previous Modi government, Prakash Javadekar rose from a minister of state with independent charge to HRD minister.
He was first inducted in Modi Cabinet as MoS for environment with independent charge. Later, he was given the charge information and broadcasting ministry for brief time and finally was made cabinet minister for human resource development.
A long-time RSS worker, Prakash Javdekar was known as the right wing organisation’s choice for handling the HRD ministry and working on preparing draft for national education policy.
Prakash Javadekar was elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh in 2014 re-elected in 2018. His tenure ends in 2024.
BJP’s go-to-man, Piyush Goyal took oath of office to Union Cabinet for a second stint as minister on Thursday. During the last Modi government, Piyush Goyal held coal, power, railways and finance portfolios for different time spans.
A chartered accountant by profession, Goyal, known for his corporate network developed during his days as an investment banker, is considered to be a key backroom strategist who played a significant role in resource mobilisation of the party.
Considered a blue-eyed boy of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, Goyal was given the finance portfolio during Arun Jaitley’s absence due to ill health.
As a railway minister, Goyal, a Rajya Sabha member, achieved several firsts, including announcement of first bullet train. He is also credited for making transformational changes in India’s power sector, including fast tracking of electrification of nearly 18,000 unelectrified villages.
Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP’s face in Odisha, has found a spot in the Modi Cabinet for the second time. During the previous term, Dharmendra Pradhan served as Union minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas.
As Union minister, Pradhan was credited for leading the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) from the front. The party credits Dharmendhra Pradhan for significant in roads in BJD dominated Odisha. During the recently concluded assembly elections in Odisha, BJP managed to increase its seat share from 10 to 13. Intrestingly, the winning party BJD had won a vote share of 44.7 per cent, while BJP which was a distant second in terms of seats managed a vote share of 32.5 per cent.
MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI
BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is the lone Muslim in the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on the slogan ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas and sabka vishwas’. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who has found himself back in the Council of Ministers for a second stint, will have the responsibility of winning the hearts of minorities and taking forward the ‘development without appeasement’ policy.
Naqvi was the Minority Affairs Minister in the previous dispensation and is credited with major reforms in the Haj policy.
During his tenure, the Haj subsidy was done away with under a new policy and women were allowed to go on the pilgrimage without Mehram or a male companion.
If he gets the Minority Affairs portfolio again, he would look to take forward the welfare policies and reforms while having the added responsibility of winning the hearts of minorities.
Pralhad Joshi, 56, has been elected MP from Darwad in Karnataka for the fourth consecutive term.
Joshi is among three other parliamentarians from Karnataka who have landed a ministerial berth in the Modi government that was sworn in on Thursday. Suresh Chanabasappa Angadi, the MP from Belagavi district, DV Sadananda Gowda, who served as minister for statistics and planning, and Nirmala Sitharaman, the Rajya Sabha MP from the state and defence minister in the previous cabinet, will be the other three representing Karnataka.
Born into a Brahmin family, Joshi rose to prominence in the northern Karnataka district of Dharwad with the BJP and eventually replaced Vijay Sankeshwar in 2004 to contest from the Dharwad North constituency, which has been with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 1996.
MAHENDRA NATH PANDEY
Mahendra Nath Pandey has made a comeback in Modi Cabinet. Pandey served as a Union minister of state (MoS) in the Ministry of Human Resource Development between 2016 and 2017.
He was given the responsibility of the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit in 2017 after the party’s massive win in the assembly elections. Leading the charge of the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Pandey played a significant role in wooing the upper caste in favour of the party. And party rewarded him.
Active in politics since his collge days at Benras Hindu University, Pandey took active part in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and was booked under the National Security Act by the Mulayam Singh Yadav government in the state.
From building the party’s organisation in northern Maharashtra’s Dhule to wresting the high-profile Mumbai South seat, it has been a long journey for Shiv Sena lawmaker Arvind Sawant who has got a berth in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.
Known as a leader accessible to party workers and people, Sawant made a mark during his first term in the Lok Sabha in 2014 with his speeches which reflected a detailed analysis of the issues concerned and suggestions on policy decisions.
The 68-year-old leader, who retained his Mumbai-South seat this time by defeating Congress’s Milind Deora by over 1 lakh votes, has been associated with the Shiv Sena since the party’s early years.
Giriraj Singh, who reluctantly contested against CPIM candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai and won, has been reinducted in Modi Cabinet for a second stint.
During the first term of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, Giriraj served as a member of the Standing Committee on Labour and Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament.
On November 2014, which saw the first expansion of the Modi cabinet, Giriraj Singh was made a Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. In 2017, he was made a Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the same ministry.
Giriraj won his first election to Lok Sbaha in 2014 from the Nawada parliamentary seat in Bihar. He, however, was given a ticket from Begusarai in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Though upset with the change in seat, Giriraj defeated his nearest rival Kanhaiya Kumar of the CPI by a staggering 4.2 lakh votes.
GAJENDRA SINGH SHEKHAWAT
Second-time Lok Sbaha MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is ready for his second stint in the Union ministry.
Shekhawat, who has returned to Lok Sabha after defeating Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son from the high-stakes Jodhpur seat, was made the minister of state for agriculture and farmers’ welfare in September 2017.
As an MP, Shekhawat contributed to the development of the civil airport of Jodhpur city, which is also known as the ‘blue city’, and expansion of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
The 51-year-old had defeated Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot in Jodhpur by over 2.7 lakh votes. The chief minister had represented the constituency five times since 1980.