This is What Team Modi Will Look Like

This is What Team Modi Will Look Like

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat (Photo: Reuters)

New Delhi: Narendra Modi's council of ministers, at an expected 44 members, will be the leanest ever.

This is What Team Modi Will Look Like

  1. Of the big four ministries that form the Cabinet Committee for Security or CCS along with the PM, BJP president Rajnath Singh will be Home Minister and Mr Modi's number 2 in government.

  2. Arun Jaitley will be Finance Minister and will also hold additional charge of Defence. He will be assisted in the Defence ministry by Gurgaon MP, recently imported by the BJP from the Congress, Rao Inderjit Singh as minister of state. Mr Singh will also have independent charge of statistic and planning. (Big Win, Small Government: Modi's Cabinet Takes Shape)

  3. Sushma Swaraj will be External Affairs minister. She will be assisted by former Army Chief General VK Singh as Minister of State. The General, who is now the BJP's Ghaziabad MP, will also have independent charge of North East affairs. (Those Who Didn't Make it Into Narendra Modi's Cabinet)

  4. Former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari is expected to land a mega Transport ministry that could even include the Railways portfolio, sources said. (Ahead of Swearing-In, Modi Visits Rajghat)

  5. Ravi Shankar Prasad is tipped to be Law minister and also have charge of Telecom. Prakash Javadekar, senior BJP spokesperson, is expected to be appointed Information and Broadcasting Minister. He could also head the environment ministry.

  6. Smriti Irani, 38, who took on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in a spirited contest in Amethi in the general election, is tipped to be in the Union Cabinet, possibly as Human Resource Development minister. (Modi's Swearing-In: Who Will Attend, Who Will Give it a Miss)

  7. Maneka Gandhi is likely to be Union Minister for women and child development. Najma Heptulla, 74, is likely to be the Minority Affairs Minister.

  8. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman is expected to be the new Commerce Minister with independent charge.

  9. BJP Rajya Sabha member Piyush Goel is tipped to be Power and Coal minister with independent charge. Party general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan will have independent charge of  the high-profile Oil Ministry.

  10. 44 ministers are expected to be sworn in today, among them four leaders from allied parties as Cabinet ministers - Ramvilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party, Anant Geete of the Shiv Sena, Ashok Gajapathi Raju of the Telugu Desam Party and Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the Akali Dal and one - Upendra Kushwaha of the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party - as a minister with Independent charge.