Kannanthanam J Alphons, MoS Ministry of Tourism, IT - Profile

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Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose with new Union Cabinet Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman after the reshuffle at Rashtrapati Bhavan, on September 3, 2017 in New Delhi, India.

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.

Worth mentioning here is the fact that this might be the last cabinet reshuffle before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

He took oath as the minister of state.

"We are happy that Kannanthanam was chosen for the ministerial berth".

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.

Sharma, however, retained the culture ministry portfolio as Minister of State (independent charge).

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said he does not think any single leader in the Kerala BJP was happy about Alphons becoming a minister. Ex-power minister been given the Railway Ministry Ex-power minister been given the Railway Ministry from Suresh Prabhu. He shot into fame when he was the commissioner of the Delhi Development Authority during 1990s and his anti-encroachment drive against thousands of illegal constructions gave him the name "demolition man".

Prabhu, who resigned as Railway Minister following a series of train accidents, has been moved to Minister of Commerce and Industry. BJP sources also told DC that the ploy of BJP national president Amit Shah is to cosy up to the Catholic church through Mr Kannanthanam who hails from Kanjirapally (his former Assembly constituency) which has got a sizable population of Syrian Christians. A 1974-batch of Indian Foreign Service, Hardeep Singh Puri, 65, served as India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013.

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