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Hardeep Singh Puri to join Modi's Cabinet tomorrow; Will he be India’s Foreign Minister on Sunday?
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Hardeep Singh Puri to join Modi's Cabinet tomorrow; Will he be India’s Foreign Minister on Sunday?



NEW DELHI, Sep 2: In a surprise move, Hardeep Singh Puri, a strong BJP voice on international affairs and formerly India's Permanent Representative in the United Nations Security Council will be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new Union Council of Ministers.

Top sources confirmed to Punjab Today that the 1974 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer will be among nine ministers who will be included.

Former head of Mumbai police Satya Pal Singh will also be part of the Cabinet. He represents UP.

Other ministers will be Alphons Kannanthanam (Kerala), Shiv Pratap Shukla (UP), Anantkumar Hegde (Karnataka), Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Raj Kumar Singh (Bihar), Virendra Kumar (MP) and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Rajasthan). 

Hardeep Singh Puri will be the third Sikh minister in Modi's Council of Ministers after Harsimrat Kaur and SS Ahluwalia. KJ Alphonse will be the first Christian in Modi's cabinet. 

Sources said last minute changes are still possible but Puri's name has been confirmed.

Delhi-born 65-year-old Hardeep Singh Puri is a second generation diplomat. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2014.

Top questions still unanswered:

1. If Puri is made Foreign Minister, will Sushma Swaraj be edged out of the Cabinet or will she be made the Defence Minister?

2. Will Smriti Irani continue to be the I&B Minister, which will confirm her pre-eminent position, or will she lose the high-profile job?

3. Cloud remains about Uma Bharti's fate.

4. Suresh Prabhu seems set for a portfolio shift, but will he get something that helps save face?

5. Will Ravi Shanker Prasad get a new portfolio? Ditto for JP Nadda? Remember, Himachal Pradesh election is approaching fast.

6. Will Modi payback Nitish Kumar, thus strengthening the bond?
 

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