Kannanthanam in Union Cabinet: Congratulations pour in

Kannanthanam in Union Cabinet: Congratulations pour in

He also said that despite portfolio, he would serve as Kerala's voice at Centre. The move to induce Kannanthanam in the cabinet is seen as part of BJP's efforts to expand its base in the state.

Congratulating Alphons, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennitha took a dig at the state BJP.

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So, if Alphons' statement is to be viewed in light of all these comments by other BJP leaders, what does it suggest?

Shekhawat represents Jodhpur seat in the Lower House.Former Home Secretary R K Singh is a first time MP from Arrah in Bihar.While Shukla is a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, Choubey has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Buxar in Bihar.Satya Pal Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh and a former Maharashtra-cadre IPS officer of the 1980 batch. "The weightage is only to those who have either impressed the Modi-Amit Shah team, either by their work in the past or who have shown potential to shoulder responsibilities at the will of the central leadership", sources said. "No one in the state BJP seems happy about the cabinet berth".

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But the state BJP leadership put up a courageous face on Sunday. Before another rejig, they would have the roadmap clear for the party in Kerala.

Exposing the double standard of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on beef consumption yet again, the newly appointed Tourism Minister of the country Alphonse Kannanthanam said people in Kerala can eat beef and his party will not have a problem. There was no consultation with the state unit when Suresh Gopi was nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

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By showing the party as being open, even if selectively, to people's choice of what they wish to eat and letting ministers assert this in media interactions, could the BJP be eyeing an image-makeover that will ultimately make it more acceptable in areas where it now is seen as a political pariah? "His presence would add more sheen to the anti-corruption image of Modi government", Kummanam said. He said that Kannanthanam would be able to promote the development aspirations of the state.

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