In Pics: 7 power- packed women ministers in PM Modi's council of ministers

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New Delhi, May 27: As the newly- elected BJP government's council of ministers were sworn- in on Monday, along with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the important point to be noted is that women accounts for 25% in the government.

There are total seven women in the Modi team, who have got serious portfolios, thus hailing the women empowerment.

In the former UPA government, there were just 7 women out of 71 ministers and only two - Girija Vyas and Chandresh Katoch - were in the cabinet.

Here, lets take a look at those 7 powerful and deserving women, who made it to the list of council of ministers:

Women empowerment- Good days coming for women!

Seven women Monday took oath as ministers in the Narendra Modi government, and one of them is set to be a member of the all powerful Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).



Sushma Swaraj- The seasoned politican

62-year-old Swaraj is the seniormost of the lot among women ministers. She won from Vidisha and as expected, she has got the prestigious portfolio of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

She has become the first woman member of the all powerful Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

Now, Sushma, who performed very well as the Leader of Oppostion in the Lok Sabha is entitled with the tough task of showing her diplomatic skills with the foreign leaders.

An articulate speaker who can speak in chaste Hindi as well as English with equally felicity, the daughter of a RSS worker is also in the good grace of the Sangh top brass due to her strong espousal of swadesi and other familiar causes.

Swaraj has been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. She also has the distinction of becoming the youngest cabinet minister at 25 in Haryana.


Najma Heptullah- The lone Muslim face

74-year-old Heptullah, a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh since 1980, is the oldest minister and the lone Muslim face in the BJP government.

She has been given the charge of the Ministry of minority affairs.

She left Congress in 2004 as she had close association with the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-headed NDA government and joined the BJP.

An eminent writer, Heptullah has published several research papers in foreign and Indian journals and also contributed to many Indian and foreign magazines on issues relating to women and social development.

Born in Bhopal, she is married and has three daughters. She holds both a Masters' of Science degree in Zoology, and a Ph.D. in Cardiac Anatomy from the university of Denver.



Uma Bharti- A firebrand Hindutva mascot

55- year- old Uma Bharti, who won from Jhansi has got the Ministry of water resources. Hope she ensures that there is 'full flow' of water all across the nation, with no scarcity and she ensures that the rivers like Ganga and Yamuna become more cleaner.

In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, she held various portfolios as Minister of State and Cabinet Minister, including that of Human Resource Development, Tourism, Youth Affairs and Sports.

Known for her fiery speeches, her association with the temple movement placed her prominently in the BJP alongside party veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.




Maneka Gandhi- The sole Gandhi family member

57-year-old Maneka Gandhi who won from her bastion Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh has got the ministry of Women & Child Development.

The seven-time MP and younger daughter-in-law of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi was also in the council of ministers during the previous NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the first Animal Welfare Minister of the country.

Though Maneka Gandhi was part of the NDA government under Vajpayee, she joined BJP officially only in 2004.

Smriti Irani- The bahu makes it big!

38- year old youngest minister and the successful bahu of small screen, Smriti Irani has made it big in the Modi government. Although, she could not win from Amethi, but she has got the plump ministry to take care off- the royal Human resource Development Ministry.

Before achieving the crowing glory in her political career, she fought two tough electoral battles in the last 10 years including one against Congress heavyweight Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk in Delhi in 2004.

A former National President of BJP's women's wing, Irani now holds the position of Vice President in the party.



Harsimrat Kaur Badal- A powerful Punjab leader

47-year old Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who won from Bathinda, is all set to make her debut in the central government with the Ministry of Food processing in her account.

Wife of Punjab's powerful Deputy Chief Minister and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and daughter-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Harsimrat has tried to carve her own space in politics and social work. She has been vociferous in Lok Sabha debates since 2009.

She holds a degree in textile designing from Delhi University. Now a full time politician, she earlier worked as a merchandiser in a buying agency.

She also runs a jewellery business in the upscale Trident Hotel in Gurgaon. On the social front, she has been associated with the 'Nanhi Chhaan' Foundation which works for the rights of the girl child and women empowerment.

Her other social activities include running a school for street children in Delhi's Vasant Kunj, supporting old age homes and sponsoring medical treatment for needy children.





Nirmala Sitharaman- Mos Commerce

54- year-old Nirmala Sitharaman is the only woman who has been inducted into the Minister of State category. She took oath as the minister of state with independent charge of Commerce.

Sitharaman has been rewarded for her commendable role as the party's national spokesperson.


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