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'Alphons Kannanthanam as minister is an Onam gift for Malayalis'

'Alphons Kannanthanam as minister is an Onam gift for Malayalis'

Kannanthanam and Puri are now not members of Parliament and are likely to be elected to the Rajya Sabha within the stipulated six months.The promotion of Naqvi, Pradhan, Sitharaman and Goyal, who were all Ministers of State with independent charge, is an endorsement of their good performance, official sources said.

"The ministerial berth for Alphons Kannanthanam is an Onam gift for Malayalis from the Modi Government", said BJP State President Kummanam Rajasekharan.

On the lines of BJP State Presidents' words, BJP's K Surendran too, said that inducting a Keralite to the cabinet was Narendra Modi's Onam gift to people of Kerala.

No stranger to Delhi where he was famous as the "Demolition Man", bureaucrat-turned-politician Alphons Kannanthanam, 64, has beaten all seasoned Kerala BJP leaders to become the first party leader from the southern state to become a Union Minister.

Apart from the charge of the ministry of electronics and IT, Kannanthanam has also been appointed as minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.

BJP legislator O. Rajagopal, who was once the lone representative of Kerala in the Vajpayee government in the early 2000s, welcomed Mr. Kannanthanam's induction as Minister. Kannanthanam is also a practicing advocate in the High court and the Supreme Court of India.

Kannanthanam began his political career by becoming an independent MLA with the support of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in Kerala in 2006. Ex-power minister been given the Railway Ministry Ex-power minister been given the Railway Ministry from Suresh Prabhu. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been holding additional charge of defence since Manohar Parrikar was sent to Goa as the Chief Minister in March. He had offered to resign on August 23, taking "moral responsibility" for two recent train accidents. Kannanthanam shot into the limelight during his stint as commissioner of the Delhi Development Authority in the 1990s for his encroachment-clearing drive, and earned the sobriquet Delhi's "demolition man". A 1980 batch Maharashtra cadre IPS officer, he retired as the Mumbai Police chief.


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