Khurshid Gets External Affairs, Moily Petroleum
Salman Khurshid was today made External Affairs Minister and Veerappa Moily given Petroleum portfolio as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh undertook a major reshuffle of Council of Ministers and inducted 17 new faces.

Seven Cabinet ministers, including new faces K Rehman Khan and Chandresh Kumari, and 15 Ministers of State were sworn-in today as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expanded his Council of Ministers.

Five Ministers of State -- Dinsha Patel, M M Pallam Raju, Harish Rawat, Ajay Maken and Ashwani Kumar -- were promoted to Cabinet rank.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari and actor-turned- politician Chiranjeevi were brought in as Ministers of State with independent charge, while Shashi Tharoor made a comeback as Minister of State after over two years.

12 new Ministers of State were sworn-in. They are Tariq Anwar (Maharashtra), K Suresh (Kerala), A H Khan Chowdhry, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhry and Deepa Dasmunshi, (West Bengal), S Satyanarayana, K Jayasuyraprakash Reddy, P Balram Naik, and Killi Kriparani (Andhra Pradesh).

Lalchand Kataria (Rajasthan), Ranee Narah (Assam) and Ninong Ering (Arunachal Pradesh) are the others who were sworn-in as MoS.


As part of the revamp of the government that had faced criticism over perceived policy paralysis and corruption allegations, Pawan Kumar Bansal was shifted from Water Resources to Railways and S Jaipal Reddy moved from the high profile Petroleum to Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.

Former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman and veteran leader from Karnataka K Rahman Khan made a re-entry into the government as Minority Affairs Minister, a portfolio held by Khurshid. In UPA-I, Khan was a Minister of State.

Surprisingly, Khurshid, who also held the portfolio of Law, got the high-profile External Affairs Ministry despite the controversy surrounding him over allegations of financial bungling by a trust run by him and his wife.

Dinsha Patel was promoted as Cabinet Minister in Mines Ministry in the reshuffle and expansion that raised the strength of the Council of Ministers to 78 from 67.

Rahul Gandhi, who was earlier speculated to join the government, kept away with the Prime Minister saying the young leader wants to strengthen the party, notwithstanding his request to become a minister.

The exercise, which the Prime Minister said was "hopefully, probably the last" before next Lok Sabha polls, was confined to Congress party barring the inclusion of Tariq Anwar of NCP as a Minister of State.

22 ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Cabinet Ministers and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj.

The Prime Minister took away portfolios from ministers holding more than one charge and filled in the vacancies created by exit of six Trinamool Ministers, death of Vilasrao Deshmukh and resignation of eight Ministers including S M Krishna, Virbhadra Singh, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik and Subodh Kant Sahai.

The new faces brought in included actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi who has been made MoS with Independent charge in the Ministry of Tourism while Manish Tewari has been given I&B, a portfolio held by Ambika Soni who resigned yesterday.

Shashi Tharoor, who had to quit as MoS External Affairs in April 2010 in the wake of allegations of wrongdoing in buying stakes in an IPL team, has made a comeback as MoS HRD.

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal shed HRD portfolio to M M Pallam Raju, who has been promoted in the reshuffle. Earlier, Raju was Minister of State for Defence.

Another significant promotion has been made in the case of Ashwani Kumar who has been upgraded to the Cabinet rank and given the charge of the Law Ministry held by Khurshid.

Yet another upgradation has been made in the case of Harish Rawat, who was overlooked for the post of Chief Minister of Uttarakhand earlier this year and had revolted. From MoS in Agriculture Ministry, he has now been made a Cabinet Minister for Water Resources.

The other promotions are Dinsha Patel from MoS to Cabinet Minister in the Mines Ministry and Ajay Maken, who has been shifted from Sports to Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

Significant changes have also been made by upgrading three young Ministers of State, considered close to Rahul Gandhi, and giving them independent charge.

They are Jyotiraditya Scindia who has been given Power and Sachin Pilot Corporate Affairs, both of which were held by Moily in Cabinet rank. Jitendra Singh, who was MoS in Home Ministry, has been given Youth and Sports Affairs.

Veteran Congress leader and MoS K H Muniyappa has been shifted from Railways to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Bharatsinh Solanki from Railways to Drinking Water and Sanitation with Independent charge.

The other Ministers of State who have been shifted are D Purandeswari (from HRD to Commerce and Industry), Jitin Prasada (from Road Transport to Defence and HRD), S Jagathrakshakan (from I&B to New and Renewable Energy), K C Venugopal (from Power to Civil Aviation) and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajiv Shukla who gets additional charge of Planning.

MoS External Affairs E Ahamed has shed the additional charge of HRD while R P N Singh has been shifted from Petroleum to Home.

Cabinet Minister Vayalar Ravi retains Overseas Indian Affairs, Kapil Sibal Communications and IT, Jairam Ramesh Rural Development while Selja has been shifted from HUPA to Social Justice and Empowerment.

The new faces who have been inducted as MoS are K Suresh (Labour and Employment), Tariq Anwar (Agriculture and Food Processing Industries), K J Suryaprakash Reddy (Railways), Ranee Narah (Tribal Affairs), Adhir Ranjan Chowdhry (Railways), A H Khan Chowdhry (Health and Family Welfare), S Satyanarayana (Road Transport and Highways), Ninong Ering (Minority Affairs), Deepa Dasmunsi (Urban Development), P Balram Naik (Social Justice and Empowerment), K Kruparani (Communications and IT) and Lalchand Kataria (Defence).

Railways portfolio was being held by C P Joshi as additional charge since Trinamool Congress quit the government last month.

Full List:

Cabinet Ministers:
  • K Rahman Khan: Minority Affairs
  • Dinsha J Patel: Mines
  • Ajay Maken: Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation
  • MM Pallam Raju: Human Resource Development
  • Ashwani Kumar: Law & Justice
  • Harish Rawat: Water Resources
  • Chandresh Kumari Katoch: Culture
  • M Veerappa Moily: Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • S Jaipal Reddy: Science & Technology and Earth Sciences
  • Kamal Nath: Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs
  • Vayalar Ravi: Overseas Indian Affairs
  • Kapil Sibal: Communications & Information Technology
  • CP Joshi: Road Transport & Highways
  • Kumari Selja: Social Justice & Empowerment
  • Pawan Kumar Bansal: Railways
  • Salman Khurshid: External Affairs
  • Jairam Ramesh: Rural Development
  • Manmohan Singh: Prime Minister, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Ministry of Planning, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space
  • P Chidambaram: Finance
  • Sharad Pawar: Agriculture Minister, Minister of Food Processing Industries
  • AK Antony: Defence
  • Sushil Kumar Shinde: Minister of Home Affairs
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad: Minister of Health and Family Welfare
  • Dr. Farooq Abdullah: Minister of New and Renewable Energy
  • Ajit Singh: Civil Aviation
  • Mallikarjun Kharge: Minister of Labour and Employment
  • Kapil Sibal: Minister of Communications and Information Technology
  • Anand Sharma: Minister of Commerce and Industry, Minister of Textiles
  • GK Vasan: Shipping
  • MK Alagiri: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Praful Manoharbhai Patel: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
  • Sriprakash Jaiswal: Minister of Coal
  • V Kishore Chandra Deo: Minister of Tribal Affairs, Minister of Panchayati Raj
  • Beni Prasad Verma: Minister of Steel

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

  • Manish Tewari: Information & Broadcasting
  • K Chiranjeevi: Tourism
  • Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia: Power
  • KH Muniyappa: Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Bharatsinh Madhavsinh Solanki: Drinking Water & Sanitation
  • Sachin Pilot: Corporate Affairs
  • Jitendra Singh: Youth Affairs & Sports
  • Krishna Tirath: Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Kuruppassery Varkey Thomas: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
  • Srikant Kumar Jena: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation
  • Jayanthi Natarajan: Ministry of Environment and Forests
  • Paban Singh Ghatowar: Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

Ministers of state

  • Shashi Tharoor: Human Resource Development
  • Kodikunnil Suresh: Labour & Employment
  • Tariq Anwar: Agriculture & Food Processing Industries
  • KJ Surya Prakash Reddy: Railways
  • Ranee Narah: Tribal Affairs
  • Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: Railways
  • AH Khan Choudhury: Health & Family Welfare
  • Sarvey Sathyanarayana: Road Transport & Highways
  • Ninong Ering: Minority Affairs
  • Deepa Dasmunsi: Urban Development
  • Porika Balram Naik: Social Justice & Empowerment
  • Dr (Smt) Kruparani Killi: Communications & Information Technology
  • Lalchand Kataria: Defence
  • E Ahamed: External Affairs
  • D Purandeswari: Commerce & Industry
  • Jitin Prasada: Human Resource Development
  • Dr S Jagathrakshakan: New & Renewable Energy
  • RPN Singh: Home
  • KC Venugopal: Civil Aviation
  • Rajeev Shukla: Parliamentary Affairs & Planning
  • V Narayanasamy: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Prime Minister Office
  • Lakshmi Panabaka: Ministry of Textiles
  • Namo Narain Meena: Ministry of Finance
  • SS Palanimanickam: Ministry of Finance
  • Preneet Kaur: Ministry of External Affairs
  • D Napoleon: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • S Gandhiselvan: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Tushar Amarsinh Chaudhary: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
  • Pratik Prakashbapu Patil: Ministry of Coal
  • Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of Corporate Affairs
  • Pradeep Kumar Jain Aditya: Ministry of Rural Development
  • Charan Das Mahant: Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Food Processing Industries
  • Milind Murli Deora: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
  • Jitendra Singh: Defence
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29/D-27
Oct 30, 2012
09:01 AM

 Khurshid's elevation as Ext Affairs Minister shows that UPA and sonia/rahul dynasty rewards incompetence, abuse of power and corruption suitably.

CONGRESS PARTY SHOULD BE DESTROYED COMPLETELY TO END THE DESTRUCTION OF INDIA. WILL VOTERS DO THE NEEDFUL AND SAVE INDIA IN  2014?

Ramki, Delhi
28/D-80
Oct 29, 2012
08:50 PM

Jaipal Reddy had imposed 7000 crores penalty on Reliance for producing 33 % of the Gas from KG -Rava Field .The reduction in Production of Gas resulted in steep fall of production of Fertilizers and Power .

Penalty was imposed per agreement entered by GOI and RIL .
Jaipal Reddy was not budging at all and was implementing the Agreement in Letter and Spirit .This was very inconvinient to RIL.

 Menwhile CAG had asked for scrutiny of the KG- RAVA production and working procedures . Reliance said they are not Govt organization and hence not answerable to CAG .Jaipal Reddy drew an Memorandum and system where by Reliance was to give Data to GOI and who in turn will answer CAG .

The System devised by Reddy is to be implanted hence forth .

All of a sudden Jaipal Reddy has been dropped as Minster of Petroleum and Gas ! !!!

And the replacement is Moily the most efficient ex Law Minster who gave clean chit in 24 hrs to-----???-- ???? .

Jaipal reddy was sulking and never wanted to take the charge of new Ministery .Finally at 17.30 hrs he was persuaded by Congress to take charge .

But in disgust he never went to hand over the charge to Mr Moily as  the protocol  demanded .

Meanwhile there were protests in Hyderabad over shifting of Reddy .

PERHAPS I MISSED THE ABOVE NEWS IN OUTLOOK .


a k ghai
mumbai, India
27/D-76
Oct 29, 2012
08:10 PM

With an External Affairs minister who looks like that, we'd better start digging our nuclear shelters.

Ali, Panchkula
26/D-68
Oct 29, 2012
07:11 PM

There was no need to humiliate Krishna when he was in the thick of meetings with the king of Spain and a trade delegation from that country.A four day visit to France from the next day was also unceremoniously cancelled.This is how an arrogant Sonia and a puppet Manmohan behave.Krishna's removal lacked grace.

S.S.Nagaraj, Bangalore
25/D-65
Oct 29, 2012
06:59 PM

The two shameless Congress leaders from Karnataka,Moily and Hariprasad praise Sonia as Durga.Moily got the reward,but Hariprasad has to wait.

S.S.Nagaraj, Bangalore
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