New Delhi, September 2:  Nine new ministers will take oath on Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces his third ministry reshuffle, a report said. Former Mumbai commissioner Satyapal Singh, former home secretary RK Singh, career diplomat Hardeep Puri, former IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam will be in Modi’s council of ministers. Senior Bihar politician Ashwini Kumar Choubey, young MP from Karnataka Anant Kumar Hegde, Rajasthan’s Gajendra Singh Shekhawat are also on the list. Politicians Shiv Pratap Shukla, Raj Kumar Singh, and Veerendra Singh Khatik will also take the ministerial oath. Here is the list of new ministers.

  • Ashwini Kumar Choubey
  • Shiv Paratap Shukla
  • Virendra Kumar
  • Anant Kumar Hegde
  • Raj Kumar Singh
  • Hardeep Singh Puri
  • Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
  • Satya Pal Singh
  • Alphons Kannanthanam

With the reported inclusion of former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh and former home secretary RK Singh, PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have shown their intent that they want leaders with a strong administrative background to make government’s flagship programs successful before 2019 General Election.

Modi government’s Cabinet expansion has also taken caste and electoral equations into consideration. Gajendra Singh Sekhawat is from poll-bound Rajasthan; where as Anant Kumar Hegde is from another poll-bound state Karnataka. Virendra Kumar Khatik is a Dalit leader from Madhya Pradesh, which will go to poll next year. (Also read: No JD(U), Sena names in list of new ministers)

After reports of his inclusion in Modi’s ministerial list, Satypal Singh said he was not officially informed. However, there was a celebratory mood in his house. His mother, wife, and daughter were distributing sweets among them to celebrate the occasion. Virendra Kumar thanked PM Modi and Shah for the opportunity.

Meanwhile, there was no report of any JDU leader to be inducted. Party leaders said that there was no communication from the BJP about Cabinet expansion.

It was earlier reported that more than ten new ministers would be inducted in various departments of the Union government. It was speculated that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu might be shunted out of the ministry while Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will stay put.

Since Thursday, more than six ministers have resigned, paving the way for new faces in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ministries.  Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjeev Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Kalraj Mishra, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Bandaru Dattatreya and Uma Bharti have resigned in the last couple of days.

As per sources, this reshuffling is also aimed at strengthening the alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. However, NDTV quoted a source which said that evictions from the cabinet are based on performance reviews and PM Modi wants ministers who perform and work hard.