Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale
Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena), Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Shiromani Akali Dal) and Ram Vilas Paswan (Lok Janshakti Party) had been representatives of NDA allies in the Union Cabinet when the Modi 2.zero authorities returned to energy in 2019 following Lok Sabha elections.
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New Delhi: Following the demise of LJP chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the Union Cabinet is left with no illustration from NDA allies, whereas Ramdas Athawale of Republican Party of India (RPI) is the one member in the Union Council of Ministers from an ally occasion in the BJP-led NDA authorities on the Centre. Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena), Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Shiromani Akali Dal) and Ram Vilas Paswan (Lok Janshakti Party) had been representatives of NDA allies in the Union Cabinet when the Modi 2.zero authorities returned to energy in 2019 following Lok Sabha elections.
While the Shiv Sena stop the NDA in late 2019, SAD left the alliance lately over farm payments. Athawale is a Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Another key NDA ally, the JD (U) had saved itself out of the federal government. Besides Prime Minister Modi, a complete of 57 ministers — 24 Cabinet, 9 Ministers of State (with Independent cost) and 24 Ministers of State — had taken oath as members of the Union Council of Ministers on May 30, 2019.
Following the resignations of Sawant and Badal and the demise of Paswan, there are 21 Cabinet ministers. With the current demise of Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, the quantity of ministers of state has additionally come right down to 23. As per the Constitution, the whole quantity of Union ministers, together with the Prime Minister shall not exceed 15 per cent of the whole quantity of members in the Lok Sabha.
PM Narendra Modi can have as many as 80 ministers in the 543-member Lok Sabha.