Sunday, 9 November 2014

PM Modi just wants performance, Rajyavardhan Rathore says.......

NEW DELHI: Olympian shooter-turned-politician Rajyavardhan Rathore is among the 20 new faces that joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet on Sunday.

"I am proud that he (Modi) has selected me. It is a great honour. With it comes greater responsibility ... I have come here for responsibility," Rathore said.

Rathore, who was elected from Jaipur Rural in Rajasthan, stressed that Modi expected performance.

"He just wants performance. Perhaps, by taking fresh faces, he is thinking of out-of-the-box ideas," he said.

Rajyavardhan Rathore joined PM Modi's Cabinet on Sunday. (File photo)

Meanwhile, ahead of the reshuffle of the Union council of ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a breakfast meet for the new faces to be inducted in his Cabinet.

Manohar Parrikar, who is tipped to be the defence minister, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Olympian shooter-turned-politician Rajyavardhan Rathore and BJP MP from West Bengal Babul Supriyo are among those who attended the breakfast meet.

Hansraj Gangaram Ahir representing Chandrapur Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra and Ram Kripal, MP from Pataliputra in Bihar were also been invited for the breakfast.

An IIT-M alumnus, Parrikar is the first Cabinet Minister from Goa and shares a good rapport with the Prime Minister.

The current strength of the Union Cabinet is 45 — 23 of Cabinet rank, including the Prime Minister, and 22 ministers of state. Of the 22 MoS, 10 hold independent charge.