V K Singh, 63 (Rajput)
MoS Independent charge of Development, 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 (Ahir)
MoS Independent charge of Planning and Statistics and Programme Implementation
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 (kshatriya)
MoS, Independent charge of Textiles, junior minister 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 (Bhandari)
MoS, Independent 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 the previous NDA government and held the portfolios of agriculture, shipping, civil aviation, road transport and highways, finance (revenue).
Dharmendra Pradhan, 45 (OBC)
MoS of Petroleum and Natural Gas with Independent charge
This election: Did not contest; he is a Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar.
Journey to Cabinet: The national general secretary of the party, he has been in charge of key states such as Bihar, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand. With him as election in-charge of Bihar, the BJP and its allies bagged 31 seats.
Previous ministerial record: None.
Sarbananda Sonowal, 51 (Sonowal Kachari)
MoS Independent charge of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Sports ministries
This Election: Won from Lakhimpur in Assam by 2.92 lakh votes.
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