New Delhi: As Narendra Modi chose to opt for a slimmer cabinet in his second term, several leaders saw themselves being dropped from the Union Council of Ministers with some new faces being sworn-in on Thursday.
Apart from former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who bowed out citing poor health, others who missed out on the cabinet berth include Sushma Swaraj, Suresh Prabhu, Maneka Gandhi, JP Nadda, Radha Mohan Singh, Chaudhary Birender Singh, Manoj Sinha, KJ Alphons, Mahesh Sharma, Jual Oram and Uma Bharti.
Nadda, who was the health and family welfare minister in the previous government, is expected to take on the mantle of the BJP president with Amit Shah joining the Union Cabinet.
While Sushma Swaraj was the external affairs minister, Suresh Prabhu held the commerce and industry portfolio as well as the civil aviation ministry. Prabhu also remained the railways minister before Piyush Goyal succeeded him in the role.
Sultanpur MP Maneka Gandhi was the union women and child development minister whereas Manoj Sinha, who lost from Ghazipur to BSP candidate Afzal Ansari, had held the Ministry of Communications in the previous government. KJ Alphons, Mahesh Sharma and Jual Oram were tourism, culture and tribal affairs ministers, respectively.
Other major leaders who were Ministers of State in the previous government but will be missing from the newly formed cabinet are Ram Kripal Yadav (rural development), Hansraj Gangram Ahir (ministry of home affairs), Radhakrishna P (ministry of shipping, ministry of finance), Jayant Sinha (civil aviation), Anant Kumar Hegde (skill development and entrepreneurship), SS Ahluwalia (electronics and information technology) and Vijay Goel (parliamentary affairs).