The women ministers in Modi’s government have scripted a new record – a record in terms of being the oldest and youngest minister.

Modi’s newly formed Cabinet has a total of 45 ministers out of which seven are women.  What’s indeed interesting is that the oldest as well as youngest minister happens to be a woman.

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Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah leads the charge, in terms of age. 74-year old Heptullah is the oldest minister in Modi’s Cabinet.

On the other hand, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, 38, is the youngest minister.

Other women ministers in Modi’s Cabinet are External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (62), Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur (47), Water Resources and Ganga Cleaning Minister Uma Bharti (55), Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi (57) and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman (54).

Among them, Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman and Harsimrat Kaur have become Union Ministers for the first time. Smriti, who contested against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency lost the elections but has been rewarded with key position in the Union Cabinet.

The story is similar to a certain extent for Harsimrat Kaur and Nirmala Sitharaman as well. Sitharaman, a popular spokesperson of BJP, appears on news channels mainly during debates and panel discussions. She has been gifted with a Cabinet berth as she very uprightly puts forward the views of the BJP before the media.

In fact, it has been learnt that Sitharaman was not even aware of her position in Modi-led government at the Centre and was informed about her Cabinet position only on Monday.

Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti and Maneka Gandhi were ministers in former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Cabinet during the previous tenure of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.


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