On Wednesday, 43 new ministers were inducted into PM Narendra Modi’s cabinet in a major reshuffle. Some popular outgoing names include Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javdekar, Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Thawarchand Gehlot, D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Babul Supriyo, Sanjay Dhotre, Rattan Kataria, Rattan Lal Kataria, Partap Chandra Sarangi and Debasree Chaudhuri.
Four representations from Karnataka in the new Modi cabinet
Karnataka BJP was in a joyous mood on Wednesday as four names from the state made it to the Cabinet. A Narayanaswamy (Chitradurga), Shobha Karndlaje (Chikamagaluru-Udupi), Bhagavath Rao Khuba (Bidar) and Rajeev Chandrasekhar (Rajya Sabha member) are the new ministers from Karnataka. Meanwhile, D. V. Sadananda Gowda, who was the chemical and fertiliser minister till now, has been dropped.
Shoba and Rajeev the well-known names from Karnataka
A prominent BJP politician in Karnataka, Shoba Karndlaje is an MP from Coastal Karnataka. She met PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday and is likely to get a prominent role in the Cabinet. It is also being reported that she could replace DV Sadananda Gowda as the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers.
Rajeev Chandrashekar, a Rajya Sabha Member is also the national spokesperson of the party. The BJP co-in charge of Puducherry, the recent victory of the alliance in the UT is said to be one of the reasons why Rajeev is being given a chance.
A Narayanaswamy and Bhagwanth Khuba are the other Ministers from K’taka
While A Narayanaswamy is the MP from Chitradurga, Bhagwanth Khuba represents the Bidar constituency. Narayanaswamy contested the LS elections for the first time in 2019 and won it. He was a four-time MLA before that. Hailing from the Hyderabad-Karnataka area, Bhagwanth’s induction seems to be a tactical move to improve BJP’s presence in that region.