Kannanthanam in Union Cabinet: Congratulations pour in

Who is Alphons Kannanthanam? Famous as Delhi's Demolition man, Kerala cadre IAS officer is now PM Narendra

On the lines of BJP State Presidents' words, BJP's K Surendran too, said that inducting a Keralite to the cabinet was Narendra Modi's Onam gift to people of Kerala.

Apart from the charge of the ministry of electronics and IT, Kannanthanam has also been appointed as minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.

All the new ministers are from the BJP as its allies were not part of the exercise.

Ahead of the reshuffle, six ministers resigned.

BJP sources told DC that Mr Rajasekaharan and M. Ganesh, organising general secretary in the state BJP leadership, were in New Delhi on Friday were not aware of it Mr Kannanthanam's ascension until the latter called up the state unit president late on Saturday night after he got the call from the Prime Minister's Office confirming his appointment as a union minister.

Kannanthanam and Puri are now not members of Parliament and are likely to be elected to the Rajya Sabha within the stipulated six months.

Sharma, however, retained the culture ministry portfolio as Minister of State (independent charge).

As Minister of State for Power, Goyal had initiated a number of reform initiatives to improve health of power distribution companies in states. Ministerial post is the reward to his stands.

With his promotion, Naqvi, who is holding charge of Minority and Parliamentary Affairs, will be the lone Muslim face in the cabinet. Though he was offered a second chance by the Left in the next assembly polls, Kannanthanam, in a surprise move, turned down the offer, saying that he wanted to shift his activities to the national level. Shekhawat represents Jodhpur seat in the Lower House.

Among the bureaucrats who have been inducted includes, Satya Pal Singh, 61, is a Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh.

Kannanthanam, a practising advocate at Kerala High Court and Supreme Court, was an IAS officer from the 1979 batch, Kerala cadre.

The 65 year old Kannanthanam is a former DDA commissioner and popularly known as Delhi's Demolition man for his activist stance that led to removal of around 15,000 illegal buildings in the national capital.

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