New Delhi: Of the 43 people who have taken oath in the expansion of the Union Council of Ministers, there are 16 ministers who have become MPs for the first time. The most prominent name in this is that of Narayan Rane. Rane, once a senior leader of Shiv Sena, was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for nearly nine months in 1999. Later joined the Congress and was the Revenue Minister in the Government of Maharashtra. In the year 2017, he joined the BJP and after some time became a Rajya Sabha member. He has become a minister at the Center for the first time.
Pashupati Kumar Paras, Annapurna Devi, A Narayanaswamy, Ajay Bhatt, BL Verma, Pratima Bhowmik, Subhash Sarkar, Bhagwat Karad and Rajkumar Ranjan Singh are also first-time MPs.
Apart from these, Bharti Pawar, Bishweshwar Tudu, Shantanu Thakur, Manjupara Mahendrabhai, John Barla and Nishit Pramanik have also become ministers who have reached Parliament for the first time. Hina Gavit, Chauhan Devusingh, Manjupara Mahendrabhai and Kapil Patil are the four ministers who are doctors by profession.
It is noteworthy that among the 43 sworn ministers, Pankaj Chaudhary, Anupriya Patel (Apna Dal), Satya Pal Singh Baghel, Rajiv Chandrashekhar, Shobha Karandalje, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Darshan Vikram, Meenakshi Lekhi, Anuppurna Devi, A Narayanasamy, Kaushal Kishore, Ajay Bhatt, BL Verma, Ajay Kumar, Devsinh Chauhan, Bhagwanth Khuba, Kapil Patil, Pratima Bhowmik, Subhash Sarkar, Bhagwat Karad, Raj Kumar Ranjan Singh, Bharti Praveen Pawar, Visheshwar Tudu, Shantun Thakur, Munjapara Mahendra Bhai, John Barala, L Murgun, Nishit Pramanik are also included.
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