Jaipur, July 8 : Senior BJP Leader Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan Bhupendra Yadav, has been made a cabinet minister on Wednesday and has been given the Ministry of Labour and Environment. Ashwini Vaishnav, the new railways and IT minister, also hails from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur but presently, he is serving as Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha.
Eventually, in Wednesday’s cabinet expansion, only one serving MP from Rajasthan, Yadav, got a chance to become a minister who is serving as Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan for the second time.
Sources said that Bhupendra Yadav is close to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
With Bhupendra Yadav becoming a minister at the Centre, now there are four ministers from Rajasthan. While Yadav and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat are cabinet ministers from desert state, Arjun Meghwal and Kailash Choudhary are ministers of state.
Bhupendra Yadav was handed over the responsibility of election management in many states including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Ashwini Vaishnav announced as Railways and IT minister is also from Jodhpur who has been a native of Pali district of Rajasthan.
After completing his schooling and B.Tech in Jodhpur, he pursued his M.Tech from IIT Kanpur and MBA from the US. Thereafter, he passed UPSC to become an IAS officer. Vaishnav, one of the favourite IAS officers of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was the choice of the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the very beginning. This is the reason that two years ago Modi sent him to the Rajya Sabha from Odisha and has now included him in his cabinet.