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Five from NE finds place in PM Modi’s reshuffled cabinet, Former Assam CM Sonowal makes a return, two new faces

North East India may gets its highest representation since Independence in the ensuing Cabinet reshuffle, first in the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, with former Minister of State Sarbananda Sonowal making a return and Tripura Member of Parliament has for the first time found a place in the union ministry.

According to information, while the existing Kiren Rijiju and Rameshwar Prasad Teli have retained their seats, Sonowal made a return and Pratima Bhoumick from Tripura and RK Ranjan Singh from Manipur have been announced as the new entrant taking the region’s tally to five.

Sonowal, who was Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, had resigned from his posts to contest for Assam elections as Chief Minister candidate in 2016, and even after winning the elections the second term after ruling as CM, Sonowal stepped down and paved way for Himanta Biswa Sarma. Sonowal will be elected from the lone Rajya Sabha seat after Biswajit Daimary resigned.

Bhoumik, on the other hand, is a first term Lok Sabha member, who was also made the member for committee in absence of members from the sittings of the house member, consultative committee, ministry of railways and member, Hindi Salahkar Samiti, ministry of DoNER from October 9, 2019.

With Bhoumick, Tripura, that didn’t get representation in the Cabinet since Independence, mostly because it stayed a left bastion, the opposition, for the greater part of its becoming a state, gets its first Union Minister from the region.

RK Ranjan of Manipur is currently a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Forest.

Meanwhile, union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Santosh Singh Gangwar and Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal, Babul Supriyo and Sanjay Dhotre have resigned from the cabinet among others.

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