A minister is a politician who holds significant public office .
1. Narendra Modi
Prime Minister and also in-charge of the Ministries/Departments not specifically allocated to the charge of any Minister Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space
Narendra Damodardas Modi (born 17 September 1950) is the 15th and the current Prime Minister of India. Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also served as Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014. Modi was a key strategist for the BJP in the successful 1995 and 1998 Gujarat state election campaigns. He became Chief Minister of Gujarat in October 2001 and served longer by far in that position than anyone else to date. He was a major campaign figure in the 2009 general election, which the BJP led National Democratic Alliance lost to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). He led the BJP in the April May 2014 general election, which resulted in a majority for the BJP in the Lok Sabha, first time any party has done so since 1984. Modi is a Hindu Nationalist and a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).He is a controversial figure both within India as well as internationally as his administration has been criticised for the incidents surrounding the 2002 Gujarat riots. He has been praised for his economic policies, which are credited with creating an environment for a high rate of economic growth in Gujarat. However, his administration has also been criticised for failing to make a significant positive impact upon the human development of the state.Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister on 26 May 2014 at the Rastrapati Bhavan. He is Indias first prime minister born after the countrys independence. In a first of its kind, Modi invited all SAARC leaders to attend his swearing-in ceremony;the attendees included Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif,Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Maldives president President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and speaker of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius (SAARC observer)Narendra Modi contested the election from two constituencies: Varanasi and Vadodara. His candidacy was supported by spiritual leaders Ramdev and Morari Bapu, and by economists Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya, who have stated that they, ...are impressed by Modis economics. His detractors included Nobel Prize laureate economist Amartya Sen, who said that he did not want Modi as a Prime Minister because he had not done enough to make minorities feel safe, and that under Modi, Gujarats record in health and education provision has been pretty bad.Modi won from both seats he contested; defeating Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, in Varanasi and Madhusudan Mistry of the Indian National Congress in Vadodara (by a margin of 5,70,128 votes, the second highest ever). He led the BJP-led NDA to a decisive victory in the general elections in which the ruling Indian National Congress suffered its worst ever defeat. Modi was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP parliamentary party following his partys victory in the Indian parliamentary elections and was subsequently appointed the prime minister by Indias president. To comply with the rule that a MP can not hold two constituencies, Modi vacated the Vadodara seat.
2. Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh (born 10 July 1951) is an Indian politician who currently serves as the Union Minister of Home Affairs in the Narendra Modi government. He previously served as the Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh and as a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government. He began his career as a physics lecturer and used his long-term connections with the nationalist organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to become involved with the Janata Party. He also serves as the president of Bharatiya Janata Party .He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow constituency and was subsequently elected as a Member of the Indian Parliament. He was appointed as the Union Minister of Home Affairs in the Narendra Modi government and was sworn in on 26 May 2014.
3. Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
Sushma Swaraj (born 14 February 1952) is an Indian politician and the current Minister of External Affairs in the Union of India. She is the second woman to be Indias external affairs minister, first being the late Indira Gandhi (22 August 1967 to 14 March 1969). She has been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. At the age of 25, she became Haryanas youngest Cabinet Minister and has also served as Chief Minister of Delhi. In Indian general election, 2014, she won from Vidisha constituency in Madhya Pradesh. She became the External Affairs Minister in union cabinet on 26 May 2014.26 May 2014 External Affairs Minister in the Union of India.
4. Arun Jaitley
Finance, Corporate Affairs, Defence
Arun Jaitley (born 28 December 1952) is currently the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Defence of the Union cabinet of India in the 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has also previously held the portfolios as the Union cabinet Minister for Commerce and Industry, Law and Justice in the National Democratic Alliance government (1998-2004). In the 2014 general election, he unsuccessfully contested as Bharatiya Janata Partys candidate for Amritsar, where he was defeated by Indian National Congress candidate, Captain Amarinder Singh.He is currently a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat (as of March 2006). He was chosen as the Leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha on June 3, 2009 by L.K. Advani. On June 16, 2009 he resigned from the post of General Secretary of BJP as per his partys One Man One Post principle. He is also a member of the Central Election Committee of the party. In his capacity as the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, he has been credited for his excellent oratory skills which is matched equally by his intense research into the topic. However, Being in the party since 1980 he never contested any direct election until 2014. He was the partys candidate for Amritsar (replacing Navjot Singh Sidhu) for Indian general election, 2014 which he lost to Congress candidate Amarinder Singh.On 26 May 2014, Jaitley was selected by newly elected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to be the Minister of Finance (which includes the Ministry of Corporate Affairs) and Minister of Defence in his cabinet.
5. M Venkaiah Naidu
Urban Development Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu (born 1 July 1949) is an Indian politician hailing from Andhra Pradesh. He is a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and has also served as the National President of the party from 2002 to 2004. Currently, he is serving as the Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs in the Narendra Modi government. Earlier, he was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.He succeeded Jana Krishnamurthy as the National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2002. On January 28, 2004, he was elected unopposed for a full 3 year term. After the defeat of the BJP led NDA in the 2004 general elections, he resigned from his post on October 18, 2004 and was succeeded by L.K. Advani. However, he has remained in the forefront of the BJP as one of its senior vice presidents and an important campaigner.Following the historic victory of the BJP in the 2014 general elections, he has sworn is as the Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs on 26 May 2014.Notwithstanding his stature and hectic schedules in national politics, Venkaiah did not cut off his roots in home town. He launched a social service organization-Swarna Bharath Trust in Nellore serving the poor and needy. The trust runs a school for poor, orphan and special children. It imparts self-employment training programmes especially for women and youth.
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