Meet the 21 newest members of Team Modi as PM boosts his Cabinet

A celebration of talent marked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-awaited overhaul of his Council of Ministers on Sunday. The 21 new faces in Modi’s team featured a Harvard MBA, a man who began as a plumber and worked his way up, two PhDs, an Olympic silver medallist, a chartered accountant and a trained pilot. The strength of the Council of Ministers went up from 45 to 66, with 27, including the Prime Minister, of Cabinet rank, 13 Ministers of State with independent charge and 26 Ministers of State. The Modi overhaul didn’t ignore political imperatives either. Ministers were sworn in from major states where Assembly elections are due in the next two years: Bihar, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh.


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