Back in 2014, PM Narendra Modi had kept his cabinet lean and proclaimed that his government would follow the guiding principle of 'Minimum Government and Maximum Governance' with 45-member council of ministers.
06 Jul 2016
Modi inducts 19 new ministers, 5 dropped
Modi rejigged his cabinet ministers on and inducted 19 new ministers.
Notably, Prakash Javadekar became the new HRD minister replacing Smriti Irani (who got the textiles ministry).
Venkaiah Naidu was given the charge of IB ministry while the sports ministry portfolia went to Vijay Goel.
Modi's cabinet reshuffle saw 5 ministers being dropped from Modi's council of ministers.
All the five were Ministers of State.
These include "Sanwar Lal Jat (Water Resources ministry), Nihalchand (Panchayati Raj ministry), Ram Shankar Katheria (HRD ministry), Mansukh Bhai Vasava (Tribal Affairs ministry) and Mohanbhai Kundaria (Agriculture ministry).
Modi's cabinet now stands at the strength of 78 ministers including the Prime Minister himself.
Criticism of the cabinet expansion
PM Modi's recent induction of new faces in his cabinet (which is one of the largest in years) met with criticism.
The opposition said Modi had digressed from his promise of "minimum government and maximum governance" made during his campaign for the general election.
Some political analysts believed that the BJP cabinet also suffered from the deficit of experienced members after the shuffle.
Was mission UP the aim behind the cabinet reshuffle?
Many believe that the current induction from Uttar Pradesh was done keeping the polls in mind.
There are 16 ministers from UP got place on Modi's cabinet.
Anupriya an important BJP ally in UP, a first-time MP whose OBC roots have positioned her in the cabinet.
Induction of Shahjahanpur MP Krishna Raj is significant as SC community forms a sizeable chunk of UP electorate.
Athawale and Anupriya Patel from different parties become ministers
All the 19 current ministers sworn in as ministers at the Rashtrapati Bhavan are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) except RPI leader Ramdas Athawale of Maharashtra and Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel of Uttar Pradesh.
16 Jul 2016
Modi reshuffles the cabinet committees
After the Cabinet reshuffle, Narendra Modi has now reshuffled decision-making groups in his government.
Evidently, Smriti Irani and DV Sadananda Gowda are missing from the cabinet committees.
The new parliamentary affairs minister, Ananth Kumar, became the biggest gainer with his name on four cabinet committees.