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A day after being sworn-in as the head of a 45-member
coalition government, new Prime Minister Narendra Modi
distributed portfolios to his cabinet colleagues. Here's the list of 22 ministers of state along with their portfolios:
* V K Singh, 63
Portfolio: Portfolios: Development of Northeast Region, MoS External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs
THIS ELECTION: The retired Army chief won by a margin of 5.67 votes from Ghaziabad constituency.
JOURNEY TO CABINET: Singh landed in a controversy over his age with the Centre. After retirement, he joined the anti-graft movement of Anna Hazare and addressed public meetings in different parts of the country. Later, he joined the BJP. According to sources, Singh also played a role in 1991 Bollywood movie Prahaar.
PREVIOUS MINISTERIAL RECORD: None.
* Rao Inderjit Singh, 63
Portfolios: Planning and Statistics and Programme Implementation, MoS Defence
This Election: Contested and won from Gurgaon, defeating Zakir Hussain of the INLD by 2,74,722 votes.
Journey to Cabinet: Has been elected thrice to the Lok Sabha on a Congress ticket. Two months before the Lok Sabha elections, Singh quit the Congress after criticising Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda and demanding a probe into land-grab allegations against Robert Vadra.
Previous ministerial record: Was MoS (External Affairs)and then MoS (Defence) in UPA-I. However, shared a cold relationship with defence minister A K Antony.
* Santosh Gangwar, 65
Portfolios: MoS Independent charge of Textiles, Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
THIS ELECTION: Contested from Bareilly, won by 2.40 lakh votes.
JOURNEY TO CABINET: He became an MP for the first time in 1989, and then went on to win consecutively in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. He lost in 2009. Gangwar is founder chairman of Bareilly Urban Cooperative Bank. He was whip of party in Lok Sabha for two terms (1991-96 and 2004-2009), and is in-charge of BJP's national cooperative cell.
PREVIOUS MINISTERIAL RECORD: A five-time union minister, he has been in charge of petroleum thrice. He has held portfolios of petroleum, science and Technology, among others, in NDA.
* Shripad Naik, 61
Portfolio: Charge of Culture and Tourism
This election: Won from North Goa by 1,05,599 votes.
Journey to Cabinet: Was Lok Sabha member thrice before. He started his election campaign with a controversy when he allegedly posed with a copy of the Bible in a church and was accused of using a religious symbol for campaigning.
Previous ministerial record: Was MoS in