The newly inducted Narendra Modi cabinet has two representatives the Northeast region of India -- familiar face Kiren Rijiju and debutante Rameswar Teli -- from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, respectively.
Assam's Rameswar Teli has given the portfolio of Minister of State in the Ministry of Food
Processing Industries under the Modi Government 2.0. This was confirmed via a Press Communique issued from the President's Office earlier today.
Meanwhile, Kiren Rijiju, the BJP's poster boy in the Northeast, has been given the portfolio of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Teli, who swore in with an Assamese 'gamusa' draped around his neck, will begin his first stint as a Union Minister. Meanwhile, Rijiju has found a place in the Modi cabinet for the second time in a row.
Teli took oath as a Union Minister at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in front of thousands of national and international dignitaries and with crores watching on their television screens across the world as Narendra Modi was sworn in for his successive term along with his new Cabinet.
Teli, who also won the election in 2014 from Dibrugarh, is best known for working closely working with the tea tribe communities of Assam. It may be mentioned that Teli rewrote the electoral record books by winning the Lok Sabha with the highest margin ever recorded in the state.
Meanwhile, Rijiju won the Lok Sabha contest from the Arunachal West Constituency, beating his nearest competitor, Nabam Tuki, by a hefty margin. is returning to the Union council of minister with a 'promotion' as a Minister of State with independent charge.
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